The Importance of Being Earnest Movie Review 2002

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Jack Worthing (Firth) has invented a brother, Earnest, in order to leave the dull country and visit lovely Gwendolyn (O'Connor), the daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell (Dench), in London. His best friend Algernon Montcrieff (Everett), who is Gwendolyn's cousin, also has a make-believe chum named Bunbury to get Algy out of boring situations. Then Algy decides to pose as Earnest in order to woo Jack's country ward, Cecily (Witherspoon). But when everyone ends up together, chaos threatens. Based on the play by Oscar Wilde and filled with bon mots, director Parker felt compelled to "open up" the production, which only works some of the time. But the performances are all delightful and Witherspoon manages her English accent quite nicely.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 100 minutes.
Originally from United States, British.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: Oscar Wilde, Not-So-True Identity, Period Piece: 19th Century, Period Piece: 19th Century, Great Britain, Adapted from a Play, Romantic Comedy, Cousins
Oliver Parker
Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey, Edward Fox, Patrick Godfrey, Charles Kay, Finty Williams
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Oliver Parker
Charlie Mole
John Midgley, Guy Bensley, Paul Ghirardani, Maurizio Millenotti, Luciana Arrighi
Barnaby Thompson, Ealing Studios, Newmarket Capital Group, Fragile Films, Miramax Films

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