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Importance of Being Earnest
- Rupert Everett

Overview - In his second adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play, writer-director Oliver Parker (AN IDEAL HUSBAND) assembles a peerless cast to engage in this witty comedy of manners and mistaken identity. In 1890s London, rakish Algernon Montcrieff (Rupert Everett, who also starred in HUSBAND) runs into his friend, Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), who is in town to propose marriage to Algy's wildly romantic cousin, Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor).  Read more...

 
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Overview

In his second adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play, writer-director Oliver Parker (AN IDEAL HUSBAND) assembles a peerless cast to engage in this witty comedy of manners and mistaken identity. In 1890s London, rakish Algernon Montcrieff (Rupert Everett, who also starred in HUSBAND) runs into his friend, Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), who is in town to propose marriage to Algy's wildly romantic cousin, Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor). When returning a cigarette case to Jack, Algy reads the inscription, and discovers his friend has two secrets. Jack has created a devilish younger brother/alter ego called "Ernest" to hide his own misdeeds, and has a beautiful young ward named Cecily (Reese Witherspoon), whom he wants to keep clear of the roguish Algy. While Jack deals with the large obstacle standing between him and Gwendolen--namely, her mother, the imposing Lady Bracknell (a wonderfully imperious Judi Dench)--Algy devises a way to meet Cecily. The confusion and hilarity come to a peak when Algy arrives at Jack's country manor posing as Ernest in order to woo Cecily, and Gwendolen runs away to the country to be with Jack--whom she knows as Ernest. The stellar cast and Wilde's clever words make for genuine entertainment.

Cast List

Colin Firth - British Actor
Tom Wilkinson - British Actor
Rupert Everett - British Actor
Oliver Parker - British actor/director/screenwriter
Judi Dench - Oscar-winning British actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Dame Judi Dench - Oscar-winning British actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Reese Witherspoon - American actress, CRUEL INTENTIONS (1999)
Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography, DOOM (2005)
Edward Fox - British Actor
Barnaby Thompson
Frances O'Connor - Actress
Anna Massey - British Actress
Oscar Wilde - Irish playwright/author

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398137610
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Live-Action
Love Story
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
England
London, England

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: May 22, 2002 (NY/LA) May 31, 2002 (EXPANDS)

Reviews:
"...[Dench's] gift for constructively dominating a scene can't be overpraised..." - 05/01/2002 Film Comment, p.73-4


"...Wilde's wit breaks through, and the lavish sets and costumes beguile the eye..." - 06/01/2002 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.38


"...Everett, whose scenes with Firth are a droll delight, nails every sly laugh. And Witherspoon adds her own legally blond American sparkle to this British party..." - 06/06/2002 Rolling Stone, p.84


"...The entire cast is enjoyable....There are some glorious sets and costumes..." - 05/22/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C2


"...[The cast] is a dream assemblage....[Witherspoon's] beauty, poise and insouciance make her the center of attention in every scene she's in..." - 06/01/2002 Box Office, p.64


"...Fitting comfortably with the otherwise Brit cast, Witherspoon instantly flashes her charm..." - 05/20/2002 Variety, p.28


"...[A] witty, stylish adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy..." - 07/28/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...The casting and performances do enjoyable justice to the text....Consistently entertaining..." - 09/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.62

 
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