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This angst-filled tale of three Irish-Catholic brothers explores men's relationships with women. Three different situations are set up on parallel plotlines, with each brother facing a different kind of crisis. Their common bond as family, as well as close lifelong friends, allows them to express their feelings frankly and intimately, as they talk and discuss their concerns among each other. Jack finds himself in a marriage gone stale and under pressure to start a family that he does not yet feel ready for. Barry, dedicated to his film career and almost pathologically averse to any type of commitment in a relationship, is suddenly artistically successful and finds true love, both for the first time and both pulling him in opposite directions. Patrick is torn between his love for his religion and ethnic heritage and his love for Susan, his longtime Jewish girlfriend. Ultimately, they are all asked to resist temptation of one sort or another, with various poignant outcomes. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
I think Edward Burns is a brilliant man - a genius. He has the ability to make great, touching movies about REAL characters, and the humor is never far away. This is a very funny movie, with some unforgettable scenes (e g: see the "Summary"). The actors do their jobs with a presence rarely seen on film. They never once overact, and everything they say or do seems natural.
There is one major flaw in the movie though, but I'm not going to give it away. I can say this though: It has something to do with the time.
I saw this one after I saw "She's the One" and there are some similarities. However, this doesn't effect either movie in a negative way. In fact; I love both of them equally. I just wish I could get hold of "No Looking Back". It hasn't been released here in Sweden yet (not even on video).
Well... anyway, if you for some reason haven't seen "The Brothers McMullen"
or "She's the One" for that matter - I suggest you run the the nearest
video store right now and rent it (preferably both), or better yet: buy them!
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