Movie Review: 'Inventing the Abbotts'
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+