Importance of Being Earnest
2002, in cinemas now
film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest is a huge laugh riot from beginning
to end. And not only that, you ladies out there who find Colin
Firth utterly to die for (like me), will seriously enjoy seeing
him dressed like a gift waiting to be unwrapped, and expressing
a bit of sexual frustration.
(Firth) is a bit bored with his life always being stuck in the
country. He's made up a non-existent brother, Earnest, a
ne'er-do-well in London whom he simply must visit as often as
possible to rescue from his financial follies. When in London,
Jack has always taken on the identity of Earnest and enjoys
anonymity and the pleasure it can bring, like walking out on the
restaurant bill at the Savoy.
best buddy in the city is Algernon (Everett), a high society man
who is perpetually broke. Algie has always used a non-existent
extremely ill friend called "Bunbury" as an excuse to
leave town and avoid his tedious aunt, the painfully stern Lady
is in love with Lady Bracknell's daughter, Gwendolyn, and very
much wants to propose to her. The only problem is, Gwendolyn
thinks her man's name really is Earnest--not a good way to start
off a marriage. That's actually NOT the only problem. Lady
Bracknell is absolutely against the idea of a wedding when
Jack/Earnest admits he's really an orphan, abandoned as a baby
in a handbag at Victoria railway station...Brighton Line.
complicate things, Algie has decided to show up uninvited at
Jack's house in the country, claiming to be Jack's troubled
brother from the city, Earnest. He falls in love with Jack's
ward, the charmingly vapid Cecily (Witherspoon), and wants to
marry her. Gwendolyn's in love with Earnest, Cecily is in love
with Earnest, and there IS no Earnest! Oh, will the wackiness
and wit ever cease?
sounds like a nutty episode of "Love Boat." Indeed,
I'm certain many a "Love Boat" script was inspired by
the literary greats, but I assure you this film is top notch and
you'll love it. It's light fare, and unlike a Merchant/Ivory
production, will not muddle your troubled mind in these troubled
times. I give it 4 Muffins out of a possible 4! You'll see why.
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