Kate & Leopold
Friday, eleven, 8.30pm, PG (2001)
In a role that fits her like a glove, Meg Ryan plays Kate, an unlucky-in-love New York advertising executive who discovers that well-groomed English gent Leopold (Hugh Jack man) – who has been flung through time by her wacky scientist ex (Liev Schreiber) – is the perfect salesman for her low-fat creamery butter campaign. In between filming the adverts, the wide-eyed Leo finds time to ride down a Central Park mugger on horseback, teach Kate’s brother (Breckin Meyer) about the subtle nuances of chivalry, and woo the career gal with a candle-lit dinner. The rather trite conclusion is a bit politically dubious, but thanks primarily to Jackman’s polished performance, Kate & Leopold provides some thoroughly enjoyable screwball moments.