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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  4 April 1997 (USA)
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A light-hearted story of two working-class brothers courting three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

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Set in the 1950s, Inventing the Abbotts is a dramatic look at the life of two boys from the wrong side of the tracks and their interaction with the three daughters of local aristocrat Lloyd Abbott. The boys, Jacey and Doug Holt, have only three things in common: their family, table tennis and chasing the beautiful Abbott sisters. Their father, a reckless risk-taker, lost his life through a wager with Lloyd Abbott, his then business partner. Written by FMJ_Joker

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When you want it all but can't have it, there's only one way to handle life...invent it. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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4 April 1997 (USA)  »

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$2,301,138 (USA) (4 April 1997)

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$5,852,547 (USA) (16 May 1997)
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Jennifer Connelly and Liv Tyler play sisters in this film. Connelly played Betty Ross in Hulk (2003), and was replaced by Tyler in The Incredible Hulk (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Doug meets Eleanor in the airport, Eleanor is wearing her flight attendant uniform skirt backwards. Her kick pleat is in the front. The rest of the flight attendants have their skirts on correctly with the kick pleat in the back. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Abbott: [to Jacey] I just do things. I let other people figure them out. That's what parents are for; they're really good at doing all the thinking, so why should I? I think this is what they called the silent treatment. I get enough of it from my father, I don't need it from you. So good luck at Penn.
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You Make Me Feel So Young
Written by Mack Gordon & Josef Myrow
Produced by Christopher Brooks
Performed by David Heckendorn
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guess
11 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Inventing the Abbotts" seems like the sort of movie that they just made for no particular reason. Portraying some relationships in 1957 Illinois, the movie is worth seeing. Maybe not any kind of masterpiece, but interesting. I liked the fake sideburns scene, and the, uh, scene under the table. Joaquin Phoenix was showing the same acting skills that he later brought to "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line", and Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup, and Jennifer Connelly also did quite well.

I guess that overall, there's nothing really unique here. There have been many slice-of-life stories. But this one is pretty well done with some good performances. Worth seeing.


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