Back in 1995, writer-director-actor Edward Burns announced his presence with authority, arriving on the movie scene with the low-budget Sundance hit 'The Brothers McMullen.' Since then, he's scored more gorgeous women (he's dated Heather Graham and Lauren Holly and is now married to supermodel Christy Turlington) than box office hits. That said, he has landed some choice roles -- in Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' and the highly underrated heist flick 'Confidence,' for example -- and continued to write and direct a slew of smaller, more personal films that focus on relationships. And now, with his latest flick 'The Groomsmen,' Burns finally realizes the filmmaking potential he first showed more than 10 years ago.
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1) The movie -- about five best buddies (Burns, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard, Donal Logue and John Leguizamo) having one last hurrah before Burns gets married to his pregnant girlfriend (Brittany Murphy) is thematically a whole lot like 'Beautiful Girls.' This roughly means that it's about grown men that still act like adolescent boys trying to finally act like grown men (and not so much succeeding). And that's always funny.
2) Shot mostly in the sleepy seaside town of City Island in the Bronx, NY, the film captures a sense of small-town American life that has all but evaporated from film -- not to mention life as we know it. It's always comforting to watch a movie that doesn't paint the suburbs as the sixth circle of hell.
3) Burns cast the movie so perfectly one gets the sense that the actors are the characters they play and vice versa. Prime example: Jay Mohr's portrayal of Cousin Mike is amazing. He comes across as a "Strong Island" meathead, but then has this completely sensitive side that he only shows to his friends -- and the ex-girlfriend who just won't love him back. He's the kind of guy you'd want to punch in the face if you ran into him in a bar, but once you got to know him you'd feel completely comfortable telling him how much you love rainbows.
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