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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

(R) 106 mins

Plot Summary: A light-hearted story of two brothers courting three sisters.

Director: Pat O’Connor

Writers: Sue Miller (story), Ken Hixon (screenplay)

Stars: Liv TylerJennifer Connelly and Joaquin Phoenix

Serious Jest:  (Must See)  This film masterfully illustrates how closely intertwined human lives are within and between families in a community.  I ended up relating to these mid-20th-century white people from a small Midwestern town much more than I expected.  There are some aspects of the human experience that are simply universal.

All kinds of love are examined.  Don’t worry, it’s not all romantic…this is a good date movie, but you will also enjoy this on your own.

I was initially surprised at the casting choices.  I’ve never seen Connelly play the wild, promiscuous role, or Phoenix act like such a shy, awkward geek.  At first, I thought Tyler and Connelly should have switched parts.  I thought the same about Phoenix and  Billy Crudup.  But I guess that’s why these actors are so highly regarded; they all played their roles to the hilt, defying anyone who would typecast them.  I have singled Connelly out before as a great example of an actress who brings The Girlfriend Experience to her films.  This time, she gave us a glimpse of how that sweet, classy girlfriend can transform into a mind-blowing sex goddess behind closed doors…lucky Paul Bettany.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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