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The Brothers McMullen (1995)

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Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity.

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Complete credited cast:
... Susan
... Audrey
Catharine Bolz ... Mrs. McMullen
... Molly McMullen
... Barry / Finbar McMullen
Peter Johansen ... Marty
... Leslie
... Patrick McMullen (as Mike McGlone)
Elizabeth McKay ... Ann
... Jack McMullen
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This angst-filled tale of three Irish-Catholic brothers explores men's relationships with women. Three different situations are set up on parallel plotlines, with each brother facing a different kind of crisis. Their common bond as family, as well as close lifelong friends, allows them to express their feelings frankly and intimately, as they talk and discuss their concerns among each other. Jack finds himself in a marriage gone stale and under pressure to start a family that he does not yet feel ready for. Barry, dedicated to his film career and almost pathologically averse to any type of commitment in a relationship, is suddenly artistically successful and finds true love, both for the first time and both pulling him in opposite directions. Patrick is torn between his love for his religion and ethnic heritage and his love for Susan, his longtime Jewish girlfriend. Ultimately, they are all asked to resist temptation of one sort or another, with various poignant outcomes. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Sometimes the Best Friends Are the Ones You've Known Your Whole Life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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15 November 1995 (France)  »

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Brødrene McMullen  »

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$25,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,246,600
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First part of actor/director Edward Burns' unofficial "Long Island" trilogy which continued with She's the One and concluded with No Looking Back. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick is watching Leslie walk from out his window in the beginning you can see it's a fall day then the next shot when Barry asks Patrick what are you doing you can clearly see snow covering stuff outside which means the film was shot out of sequence. See more »

Quotes

Patrick McMullen: I don't need any new ideas. I'm confused enough already.
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Referenced in Plump Fiction (1997) See more »

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A Week In January
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15 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I wound up watching the movie by accident and it turned out to be an experience much like passing road kill: It's so horrid you can't look away.

And because it was so awful, I thought it might be fun to read a few reviews of it (reading reviews of bad movies is somewhat cathartic; you watch something awful and then let someone else vent about your wasted time....). What I found here was somewhat unbelievable. Somebody actually thought it had some redeeming features. It doesn't.

This film did not just have a surfeit of uninteresting characters who spoke extraordinarily turgid dialogue (one character says to the other "I don't think we should see ONE ANOTHER for awhile...." Nobody, really nobody, ever says ONE ANOTHER except in church.) It was also woodenly acted, nonsensically directed and had a plot so boring I kept switching to Tony Robbins infomercials for excitement. Shoestring budget or not, there's no excuse for inflicting this kind of movie on the paying public. Okay, I didn't actually pay to see it because it was on Bravo, but I paid my cable bill and that should count for something.

Bottom line is that this movie isn't funny, isn't sad, isn't thought provoking and isn't interesting. It is annoying.


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