When two strangers meet in New York City, a century's worth of differences come crashing together. Kate McKay is a modern-day executive, a 21st century woman driven to succeed in the corporate world. Leopold, the Third Duke of Albany, is a charming 19th century bachelor. Each has grown weary of waiting for love. But when a dramatic twist of fate lands Leopold in present-day New York, they must confront the prospect of a love affair 100 years in the making.
Can a lonely marketing maven (Meg Ryan) in contemporary New York find happiness with a handsome, courtly Victorian duke (Hugh Jackman) transplanted from 1876 to the present? What do you think? The elaborately plotted sci-fi romantic comedy barely touches on reality, and therein lies its wispy charm. Mr. Jackman's time-traveling dreamboat consistently outshines Ms. Ryan's snippy cynical New Yorker. Liev Schreiber is her eccentric ex-boyfriend who sets the machinery in motion. — Stephen Holden
2001-12-25 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Kate & Leopold