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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$500,447 (USA) (24 May 2002)

Gross:

$8,378,141 (USA) (27 September 2002)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Firth and Rupert Everett have previously appeared together as the leads in Another Country (1984). They have also both appeared in Shakespeare in Love (1998). They would together again in St. Trinian's (2007) and St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Jack and Algy are picking flowers, and Gwendolen and Cecily ride through the woods sidesaddle, their legs change sides from the left (correct) to the right. See more »

Quotes

Algy: Bunbury? He was quite *exploded*.
Lady Bracknell: Exploded?
Algy: [pretending sadness] Mm.
Lady Bracknell: Was he the victim of some revolutionary outrage? I was not aware that Mr. Bunbury was interested in social legislation.
Algy: My dear Aunt Augusta, I mean he was *found out*. The doctors found out that Bunbury could not live - that is what I mean - so Bunbury died.
Lady Bracknell: He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits the main characters attend the funeral of the late departed Bunbury. Rupert Everett and Colin Firth argue while singing "Lady Come Down". 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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Sweet BeautIful Silly Movie: Wonderful Surprise
30 July 2003 | by (Casablanca) – See all my reviews

The Importance of Being Earnest is a funny little comedy with good acting and wonderful dialog.

An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play, the witty dialog, likable characters and hilarious situations are what make this movie such a good experience for the viewer.

Rupert Everett and Colin Firth are wonderful together. Their chemistry is just great. They deliver their lines perfectly and display the spirit of the characters and play in a magnificent way. Firth has a serious look that only adds to the fun and Everett is perfect as the not very trustworthy but seductive Algy.

Reese Witherspoon, beautiful, virginal but wicked, plays Cecily and we cant help but fall in love with her. Dame Judy Dench…well what can I say about this Lady. Class, charisma, an acting goddess. Divine work simply put.

TIOBE is a sweet movie. Its romantic, very amusing and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. It will make you happy and relaxed.

A gem.


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