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R| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
In the 1950s, brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix), who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly) and Alice (Joanna Going), wanting simply to break the hearts of rich young women. But sensitive Doug has a real romance with Pamela (Liv Tyler), which Jacey and the Abbott patriarch, Lloyd (Will Patton), both frown upon.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix , Billy Crudup , Liv Tyler , Will Patton , Kathy Baker , Jennifer Connelly , Joanna Going , Barbara Williams

Director: Pat O'Connor

Genres: Drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Inventing The Abbotts (1997)

Release Date: April 4th, 1997|1 hr. 50 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film belongs to Phoenix ("To Die For"), who is terrific. He has the gift, shared with his late brother, River, of conveying emotions without pushing them at you. The delicacy of his scenes with Tyler lets you enjoy the film for what it truly is: a heartbreaker. show more

  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    An awkward script, a mannered style and the selection of hill-and-dale Petaluma as a stand-in for an Illinois small town all undermine the film. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Inventing the Abbotts would be a lot more fun were it a trashy Troy Donahue-Diane McBain vehicle ground out by Warner Bros. in 1960, the year this hormonally motivated high school-college romance mercifully concludes. [4 April 1997, p. 4D] show more

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