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Movie Review: 'Inventing the Abbotts'

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Inventing the Abbotts

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Connelly, Billy Crudup, Joanna Going, Will Patton
director:
Pat O'Connor
Producer:
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
author:
69774
genre:
Romance, Drama

We gave it a C+

Billy Crudup and Joaquin Phoenix play teen brothers in 1957 Illinois whose lives are bound up with their neighbors, the wealthy Abbott girls (Joanna Going, Jennifer Connelly, and Liv Tyler). The cast is generically pretty, but with the exception of Connelly as the bad-girl sister, each generates only enough energy to light up his or her own close-up. Director Pat O’Connor has trouble conjuring late-’50s Midwestern America, perhaps because so few other humans appear in this static production. C+

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