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 Tyler, Jennifer 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.