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
In the scene where Algy comes upon his servants playing music together, the banjo shown is a modern "bluegrass style" banjo with 5 strings and a resonator. At the time this movie was set, the banjo was a popular instrument, but it would have been the 4 string, open backed type. See more »
I don't know whether there is anything particularly exciting about the air in this particular part of Hertfordshire, but the number of engagements that go on seem to me to be considerably above the proper average that statistics have laid down for our guidance.
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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 »
Oliver Parker's "The Importance of Being Earnest" seems only worthy to the extent that it embodies the epigrammatic genius of Wilde the playwright. To the extent that it embodies Parker's own ideas and translation to film, it is all downhill. The result is a reasonably enjoyable watch which is missing something - perhaps a combination of things such as tempo and timing, a touch of class, a sense of authenticity, etc. The film does make annoying excursions into the surreal, the music is overstated, and the casting questionable. Regardless, the film is worth a look by Wilde enthusiasts and others interested in Brit period flicks. All others should pass on this one. (B-)
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