Kate & Leopold (2001, USA) C-123m. ** D: James Mangold. Starring Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne, Bradley Whitford, Spalding Gray, Philip Bosco, Craig Bierko. Romantic comedy with a fantasy touch about scientist Schreiber, who's found a way to travel back in time and accidentally takes a 19th century Duke back to New York with him. The nobleman is aghast at the modern world, but soon falls in love with Schreiber's ex Ryan. Any movie that starts with such an overtly contrived opening that is also riddled with conincidences has a hard time getting into your heart, but this one does. The romance is believable and some of the complications funny. However, there is no need for this go on as long as it does. Director Mangold also scripted, with Steven Rogers.


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