• The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest

Release Date: May 22nd, 2002

DVD Release Date: November 12th, 2002

PG |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Worthing (Colin Firth) has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn (Frances O'Connor). Montcrieff (Rupert Everett) decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily (Reese Witherspoon). Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered.

Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey, Edward Fox

Director: Oliver Parker

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Fragile Films, Miramax Films

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Temptation , Love , Spirited , Tense , London , Friend , Amusing , Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Connie OgleMiami Herald

    Hearing Wilde's pithy lines in her mouth -- ''London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained 35 for years'' -- is worth the ticket price. In the end it's Dench who reminds us of the importance of enjoying Oscar Wilde. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The important thing about "The Importance" is that all depends on the style of the actors, and Oliver Parker's film is well cast. show more

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Despite good taste and good will, this romp through Victorian parlors frequently falls flat on its rump. show more

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