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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)  »

Also Known As:

Ernst sein ist alles  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,447, 27 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,378,141, 29 September 2002
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2.35 : 1
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The scenes where Rupert Everett slaps Colin Firth on his rear end and where Everett kisses Firth's cheek were ad libs. Director Oliver Parker thought Firth's stunned reaction was so humorous he decided to leave them in. See more »

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When Algy is playing the piano for the 'Lady come down' song his hands are moving but the keys of the piano don't move. See more »

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[while Algy is pretending to be Jack's brother]
Jack: [whispering] Algy! Algy! Algy!
[Algy looks around, as if wondering who Jack's calling]
Jack: Ernest.
Algy: Ah, good morning, dear fellow.
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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 »


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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A treat indeed!
6 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

It is a rare treat when you go to the movies expecting not very much but walking away with so much more! After reading the reviews here as well as some professional reviews, I almost decided to pass this one by and what a pity it would have been. Sounds like my unfamiliarity with Wilde's play and the previous version of this movie was to my advantage. After all I could view this movie based on its own merits without any other comparisons getting in the way. What a glorious summer treat and a wonderfully fun vehicle to discover Oscar Wilde's hilarious play and for that matter Wilde in general. Couldn't have asked for a better audience to watch this with here in the South. They were enthusiastic, obviously familiar with Wilde, remained for the credits, and clapped at the end. Can't remember the last time that happened,can you? Again, what a lovely surprise this movie was with absolutely marvelous chemistry between Mr. Firth and Mr. Everett, a sweet supporting cast, not to mention the beautiful production values. After seeing the movie, I almost immediately hunted for the text of the play and read it straight through.


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