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Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

Cast: Rupert Everett, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, more...
Director: Oliver Parker, Oliver Parker
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Costume Drama/Period Piece, UK
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English, French
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A superb cast brings Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners to life in the third big-screen adaptation of this hilarious look at fun, games, and dubious ethics among the British upper crust. Algernon Moncrieff (Rupert Everett) is a slightly shady, but charming gentlemen from a wealthy family who has a bad habit of throwing his money away. Algernon has a close friend named Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), a self-made man who acts as a ward to his cousin, a beautiful young lady named Cecily (Reese Witherspoon). Algernon has created an alter ego to help him get out of tight spots brought on by his financial improprieties, and when he learns that Jack has created a false identity of his own -- Earnest, a brother living in London whose exploits have earned him no small amount of notoriety -- Algernon arrives for a weekend visit in the country posing as the mysterious Earnest. Having heard of Earnest's misadventures many times over the years, Cecily had developed something of an infatuation with the lovable rogue, and Algernon's impersonation of him works no small degree of magic on Cecily. Meanwhile, Algernon's cousin, Gwendolyn (Frances O'Connor), arrives for the weekend, and is startled to discover Jack is also there -- except that she knows him as bad-boy Earnest. So just who is in love with who? How will Lady Bracknell (Judi Dench) handle the matter of her daughter Gwendolyn's suitors? And what's the truth about Jack's mysterious heritage? The Importance of Being Earnest was director Oliver Parker's second film adaptation of an Oscar Wilde comedy; he previously helmed An Ideal Husband, which also starred Rupert Everett. Everett and Colin Firth also co-starred in the 1984 drama Another Country. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with the Director
  • The Making of The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

GreenCine Member Reviews

Two thumbs down by Picton August 9, 2007 - 1:47 PM PDT
This was a real disappointment. I had expected it to bubble along like "An Ideal Husband" or "Wilde", but it was flat and dull. Colin Firth played himself as usual, Rupert Everett did little better, and even the usually spectacular Judi Dench failed to breathe any life into this sorry attempt at classic British comedy. It was a true WOT. (Waste of Time).

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