The Importance of Being Earnest

directed by Oliver Parker
Category: "Comedy"
Year of Release:2002
Date Added:12/06/2007
Date Watched:02/16/2006
Description:In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym for their on-the-sly activities.
My Rating:8

Reviews for The Importance of Being Earnest

Review - Importance of Being Earnest, The

Jack lives in the country with his young ward, Cecily. He makes up a brother named Earnest so he has an excuse to head off to London and goof off. Jack wishes to marry Gwendolen, the cousin of his friend Algy, but Gwendolyn’s mother, Lady Bracknell, will not allow it. Gwendolen has other ideas — she’s always desperately to marry a man named Earnest.

Algy finds out about Cecily and determines to meet her. While Jack is in London attempting to convince Lady Bracknell that he worthy of Gwendolen, Algy travels to Jack’s estate and poses as Jack’s brother, Earnest — which works out well as Cecily has also always wanted to marry an Earnest.

Lady Bracknell finds out that Jack doesn’t know who his parents are. He was left in a handbag in a London railway station.

All four of them end up at the estate, and it soon becomes apparent to Gwendolyn and Cecily that neither of the men are named Earnest. They are angry, but soon decide to forgive them and marry them anyway. Then Lady Bracknell shows up. She forbids Cecily’s marriage to Algy until she finds out that Cecily is stinking rich. Then Jack forbids Algy and Cecily’s marriage (as Cecily’s ward) unless he’s allowed to marry Gwendolyn. At this point, Lady Bracknell realizes that Cecily’s governess, Miss Prism, was the woman who disappeared with her nephew (Algy’s younger brother). When Miss Prism is confronted, she admits to leaving the child in a handbag in a London railway station. Both couples get married.

• Great quote — Lady Bracknell to Jack: To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.

Very funny movie.
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