By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:59 AM EDT
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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.

The Importance of Being Earnest

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 94 minutes
director
  • Oliver Parker

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