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The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
94 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/22/02
performer:
Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Frances O'Connor, Tom Wilkinson
director:
Oliver Parker
distributor:
Miramax
author:
74382
genre:
Comedy, Romance, Drama

We gave it a C

Somewhere buried beneath the frippery and undergrad-comedy-revue jokiness of Oliver Parker’s adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde, yearning to get a word in edgewise. In unwisely attempting to one-up Wilde’s perfectly knitted lines, Parker unravels the narrative and undermines the rhythm of the playwright’s commentary. Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and Reese Witherspoon costar in a production in which the antics are wacky — but far from Wilde.

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