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The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

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Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities... Written by arson83

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Everybody Loves Ernest... But Nobody's Quite Sure Who He Really Is.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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21 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Ernst sein ist alles  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$500,447 (USA) (27 May 2002)

Gross:

$8,378,141 (USA) (29 September 2002)
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Trivia

The second of three films based on works by Oscar Wilde directed by Oliver Parker. The other two are An Ideal Husband (1999) and Dorian Gray (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Miss Prism opens Dr. Chasuble's portfolio, the second drawing from the top is partially folded, but when she examines it in the next shot, the drawing is neat and unbent in the stack. See more »

Quotes

Gwendolyn: Where questions of self-sacrifice are concerned, men are infinitely beyond us!
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After the funeral for Bunbury, Colin Firth's Earnest is seen getting a tattoo of "Gwendolyn" on his posterior See more »

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Referenced in Ted 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Come Down
Music written by Charlie Mole
Lyrics by Oscar Wilde
Performed by Colin Firth and Rupert Everett
Courtesy of Fragile Music Ltd.
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Witty and fun
14 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Films like this need to be more widely available. It was showing at one theater 45 miles from my house, but it was worth the drive to go and see it. The script was witty, and seemed to be fairly true to the Oscar Wilde play (at least a lot of the funniest lines were retained). What a great cast! Colin Firth and Rupert Evert were both wonderful as rogues. I loved the "fight" scene!! As did most of the others in the theater, as there was lots of laughter all around. Reese Witherspoon did a good job with her British accent, and she and Frances O'Connor were both a lot of fun to watch. Judi Dench was marvelous, as usual. I highly recommend this movie...it wasn't really deep or anything, just very funny!


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