By Mike Flaherty
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:08 AM EDT

The Importance of Being Earnest

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  • Movie
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Everett is the embodiment of Oscar Wilde’s dandified roue Algy Moncrieff, and Colin Firth his stiff-upper-lipped cohort Jack Worthing, who joins him in the shameless pursuit of Cecily (Witherspoon) and Gwendolyn (Frances O’Connor). Director Oliver Parker garnishes his remake with a score that recalls a screwball comedy before its time. But that — along with line readings that are a bit glib even for Wilde — suggests an over-modernization of Earnest’s dusty drawing room farce.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

type
  • Movie
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mpaa
  • PG
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  • 94 minutes
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