The Importance of Being Earnest

Release Date: May 22, 2002
Moved back from May 17, 2002
Limited release

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This film is based on the play of the same name by Oscar Wilde and marks the second time that director/screenwriter Oliver Parker has adapted an Oscar Wilde play, with the other being An Ideal Husband in 1999.

You may have read or seen this play before. But for those of you who haven't, here's a rundown of the story. Our two main characters, Jack Worthing (Colin Firth) and Algernon Moncrieff (Rupert Everett), live in London in the 1890s. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon's cousin, and he makes up a story about having to visit his brother "Earnest" so he can go visit her. Algernon unknowingly uses the same pseudonym when he goes to see Jack. Of course, there is a comedy of errors with the two guys using the same name.

If you've never had the chance to boost your culture level by seeing the play, you can do it with this film. Watch for it to come to you local independent film venue. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Importance of Being Earnest
Main Cast Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon
Supporting Cast Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey
Director Oliver Parker
Screenwriter Oliver Parker
Distributor Miramax
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Rating PG
Running Time 97 minutes
Screen Count 216
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