The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

DVD - 2002
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Algernon is a gentlemen from a wealthy family. Algernon's close friend Jack, has a ward, Cecily. Both Algernon and Jack have created alter egos to make life more interesting. Algernon arrives for a weekend visit in the country posing as Earnest. Having heard of Earnest's misadventures, Cicely has developed an infatuation with the rogue, and Algernon's impersonation of him works famously on Cicely. Meanwhile, Algernon's cousin, Gwendolyn, arrives for the weekend, and is startled to discover Jack is also there -- except that she knows him as bad-boy Earnest. So just who really is who?

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rick7white
Feb 02, 2016

Great actors and movie.

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White_Tiger_37
Jun 13, 2015

Everything is interconnected.

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mhicks2
Oct 02, 2013

Cute movie. My wife liked that I brought it home for a cheep date night.

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FancyFace
Oct 18, 2011

Loveeeee loveee loveee this movie!!!!!!!!!

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farbrite
Jun 20, 2011

I've seen the play a few times, and found this film version to be awful. For some reason most of the actors play it straight, when it's best done with a bit of a wink and a drawl. See the version with Michael Redgrave instead!

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e_long
May 27, 2011

I agree that this film isn't historically accurate. But I think it stays true to Wilde's original intention. Getting hung up on costume and historical accuracy misses the entire point--making fun of our social conventions. Just as with a modernized version of Shakespeare, I think that this version works because it appeals to a modern audience. It looks great and the acting is spot-on. It definitely improves the more times you watch it.

macabrescribe May 24, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the theater's most recognized and notable stories. Oliver Parker's film adaptation is not bad, but it doesn't have quite the same effect. Firth, Witherspoon, Dench, and the whole bunch are great, but performances of this nature are more appreciated when viewed live upon a stage. Overall, the movie isn't terrible, but The Importance of Being Earnest is a tale that should stay where it began - on a stage.

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8217549
Apr 28, 2011

very funny. i don't think this movie really accurate in historic sense. but you become so enchanted by actors play, catchy phrases and smooth flow of action - you can't get enough of it. one of my favorite movies ever

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missy2
Dec 12, 2010

This version loses its historical sense too often. The changes the director makes to update the play weakens the overall film. Was it really necessary to have a proper Victorian woman get a tattoo? Or for that same woman to drive a car alone to the country (even when her diary refers to taking the train?). Or for the main protagonists to fight over English muffins? Edward Fox almost steals the show in his minor role as manservant, simply by acting true to the era of the film. You will get more out of seeing an amateur production of Wilde's play that sticks to the actual dialogue and action of the original play than this poor attempt to modernize a classic.

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Tirtha
Sep 17, 2009

A very good adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play both satirical and funny. The acting is very good.

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Triscal
Jan 29, 2008

Jack: Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden.
Algy: But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!
Jack: I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances. That is a very different thing.
Algy: That may be, but the muffins are the same!

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Triscal
Jan 29, 2008

Jack: Algy, you're always talking nonsense.
Algy: It's better than listening to it.

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Triscal
Jan 29, 2008

Gwendolyn: In matters of utmost importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.

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Emily38
Dec 19, 2009

Starring Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), Colin Firth (Bridget Jones's Diary) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding), here is the hilarious adventure of two dashing young bachelors and the outrageous deceptions they find themselves in over love! Whenever Worthing (Firth) wants to leave his dull country life behind, he makes visits to the city posing as his fictitious 'brother' Ernest. There he becomes smitten with the ravishing Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor - A.I.). But when Worthing is in town, his playboy pal Algy (Everett) is in the country and falling for Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily (Witherspoon) - while also impersonating Ernest! Pandemonium ensues when these two would-be Ernests find themselves face to face and in the predicament of explaining who they really are!

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Triscal
Jan 29, 2008

Jack goes to London on a regular basis to meet his brother Earnest who actually does not exist instead he goes and pretends to be Earnest. Jacks friend Algy sees an opportunity to pose as Earnest to Jack's ward "Cecily" to get her to love him. In London Jack as Earnest has one over a girl "Gwendolen". So when the two girls colide and Jack and Algy are found out. it gets crazy

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Emily38
Dec 19, 2009

Emily38 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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