The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

DVD - 2011
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Two English gentlemen use the same trick when meeting women, by saying their name is Ernest. Everything is going well until both men fall in love with the same girl, using the same a.k.a. Special features include: commentary with Director Oliver Parker, and the Making Of The Importance Of Being Ernest Behind-the-scenes Featurette.
"***1/2 Recommended."--Video Librarian
"...resonates and inspires rapid fire bouts of laughter."--Chicago Tribune
"There are moments of hilarity to be had."--Toronto Star
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment, 2011
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY IMP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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reypotter06
Jan 27, 2019

This movie was very boring in my opinion, maybe that's just because I'm a kid.

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kpelish
Jan 26, 2019

Likeable, eye-candy adaptation of Wilde's famous theater play that satirizes high society. High-caliber actors like Judi Dench and Colin Firth. Because it was written as a play, there's a mechanical element to it and some asides that don't make sense.

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Gwen904
Jan 26, 2019

Nice period piece with a fantastic cast. A bit strange and occasionally confusing.

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empbee
Aug 31, 2018

Very pleasant with a great cast and, all that attire!

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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.

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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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reypotter06
Jan 27, 2019

reypotter06 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Emily38
Dec 19, 2009

Emily38 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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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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