Kate and Leopold (2001) – Contemporary New York Becomes a Time Travel Portal in this Romance

October 17, 2016 15 Comments

Kate and Leopold (2001) – Contemporary New York Becomes a Time Travel Portal in this Romance. Reviewing this "vintage" rom-com. Text © Rissi JC

Romantic comedies are something I never tire of. Even when filled with clichés, I return to them time and time again. Why is this? Because they make me happy. In this world, happiness is impossible to overdose on. For this reason, I’m willing to put up with commonplace copycats because at the genre’s heart, smiles and happily ever afters prosper. However, Kate and Leopold is a standout in the genre – even earning a Golden Globe nomination for Hugh Jackman’s memorable performance as the time-traveling Duke.  

In this romantic-comedy, we meet Kate McKay (Meg Ryan), a driven New York executive striving to get ahead in a man’s world. Her ex, Stuart (Liev Schreiber) is something of a nut case who believes time travel is possible. However, living in the same apartment building makes it hard to avoid one another. Despite a month passing since the demise of their relationship, the two still see each other often. (Kate even sneaks into his window to collect things like her PalmPilot!) Read the review in its entirety on Silver Petticoat Review →

Marriage is the promise of eternal love. As a man of honor I cannot promise eternally what I’ve never felt momentarily. – Leopold

Kate and Leopold (2001) – Contemporary New York Becomes a Time Travel Portal in this Romance. Reviewing this "vintage" rom-com. Text © Rissi JC
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(I shamefully neglected mentioning this in my review, but something else I appreciated is that Leo isn’t depicted as a bumbling buffoon. So many historical-to-modern films do this and it’s annoying. This one gets it right.)  

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  You can rent Kate and Leopold on Amazon Video (currently free with a Prime membership) or buy the DVD for a minimal price.


Content: There are some minor profanities and a few “crude” sexual jokes, but overall the PG-13 rating isn’t abused.


Photos: Miramax

This review first appeared on Silver Petticoat Review. 

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15 Comments

  • Anonymous October 17, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    I love this movie! :)

    • Rissi October 19, 2016 at 4:23 AM

      I did as well. It's definitely a lovely little romance. :)

  • Meghan M. Gorecki October 17, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    OH how I love this movie! <3 Such a classic

    • Rissi October 19, 2016 at 4:24 AM

      I agree, Meg. It's a charmer like none other. :)

  • Ivy Miranda October 17, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    This movie is fantastic!

    • Rissi October 19, 2016 at 4:28 AM

      Yes, yes it is, Ivy. :)

  • Amanda Holmes October 18, 2016 at 3:24 AM

    This is a favorite! I think partially for the reason you mentioned: Leopold isn't a buffoon. He manages to be a gentleman no matter the time period he is in.

    • Rissi October 19, 2016 at 4:30 AM

      I love that aspect of the script, Amanda. Too many of these time travel films make their characters something of an "idiot," and it just doesn't work. I adore that Leo is such a gentleman – in contemporary New York or 1800s New York (plus it helps that Jackman plays him ;D).

  • Anne Westcarr October 18, 2016 at 5:27 AM

    I love this movie so much!

    • Rissi October 19, 2016 at 4:31 AM

      As do I, Anne! :) :) :)

  • Molly's Book Nook October 19, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    I've actually never seen this movie and it's been out for so long! I had no idea it was about time travel xD I want to watch this now! I want a good romantic comedy

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    • Rissi October 19, 2016 at 4:33 AM

      YAY! Hope you enjoy, Molly. Until a week (or so) ago, I'd not seen this one either. It's worth the wait – plus HUGH JACKMAN stars, so yeah… there is that. ;) Let me know what you think.

  • Kara December 12, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    I can't believe you hadn't watched this one before this Fall! I'm glad you enjoyed it though. It makes me laugh. And swoon! :)

    • Rissi December 13, 2016 at 6:09 AM

      Right?! My reaction was very much the same, Kara. Especially considering all of our Twitter convos which told me how well you and Amber enjoy this one. :)

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