Patti Petalson (Blair) struggles with the pressure of becoming the next important American writer.

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In New York City, thirty-three year old Patti Petalson is unhappy with her life. Her passion is literature, she having published one book of short stories ten years ago, but not having written anything since. Instead to earn a living, she sells real estate, a job and for a boss she hates. And although unspoken, she hates her husband, self-absorbed restaurateur Chazz Coleman, who doesn't listen to her and does whatever he wants regardless of her. While out for dinner, Patti and her BFF, schoolteacher Kate Scott, run into Brian Callahan and Michael Murphy, who were once Patti and Kate's respective boyfriends, the four who used to do everything together while they were in college, with both relationships ending twelve years ago as they were graduating. Kate has never forgiven self-described lowbrow Murph, now a successful lawyer despite his lack of academic smarts, for what she believed was a sexual indiscretion, while Murph outwardly just wants the opportunity to apologize. However, ... Written by Huggo

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"Purple Violets" became the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. See more »

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In the scene in which the Selma Blair character writes a short story for the Paris Review, just before she puts the story into an envelope, a closeup of the text shows three paragraphs. All of the three paragraphs are the same. See more »

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Patti Petalson: I'm married, Brian.
Brian Callahan: I got a girlfriend. Doesn't that suck?
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Funny and insightful with attractive settings
19 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Found this Ed Burns movie funnier and more attractively filmed than some of his other movies. College girlfriends and boyfriends reconnect after 12 years. Some funny jokes about writing. It does show relationships from a guys point of view for a change. Liked the way Patrick Wilson's character was the good guy and Selma Blair's was the difficult one. There are many relationships like that.

Selma Blair is pretty here. Debra Messing comes off has hard. Ed Burns doesn't monopolize and that's good. His voice can be grating. The Hamptons house and apartments in the city are a nice backdrop.

Worth one watch.


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