The Brothers McMullen (Filmmaker Signature Series) [Blu-ray]
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Barry's reaction to his mother's fate and also to his own relationship with his father, makes Barry afraid to form a steady relationship with the woman of his dreams.
This film touches important issues like love, committment and religion. There were many funny scenes in this film too, so it was good to sit down and watch it.
The movie is about the relationship of three brothers to the women in their lives and to each other. I must warn you, this is a serious romantic comedy-there's no severed limbs, exploding buildings, or sensational car wrecks. It's a quiet movie with no action. It's also a movie you can watch more than once and still be equally engrossed.
The oldest brother is a high school basketball coach, but, oddly, he's very non-jock like. He's somewhat sensitive and a little thoughtful for crying out loud! And he doesn't drink enough beer for a coach. He is friends with another woman who has the serious hots for him, but he keeps turning her down out of respect for his marriage.
Middle brother was engaged to a Jewish girl, but it broke up due to his own moral and emotional conflicts. Later on, he then picks up an old friendship with the Irish-American girl that grew up next door. She repairs cars in the backyard, drinks beer like the guys and has big hair to remind you she's a girl. I liked her better anyway.
The youngest brother is the most likable. He hasn't been a practicing Catholic since junior high; yet, he considers himself a believer. His charismatic crudeness and way of treating woman remind me of the characters Sean Penn plays, but this guy's got better personality and looks. Both older brothers tell him he drinks too much, but I'd say he drinks just the right amount for his age and station in life!Read more ›
If you're interested in the filming and scripting of this (and other) Ed Burns films... check out his book "Three Screenplays." It's well worth the read. Oh, and if there are any Irish-Americans out there looking for a film to relate to... this is the one!
It is set in pre 9/11 New York, where nothing casts a shadow and anything is possible. Three brothers from an Irish American family are united again as young adults and despite their differences, they capture the essence of what makes blood ties so unbreakable. We expect great things from our siblings, yet when they are less than they can be, when they shatter our illusions, we forgive them and cheer them on. Because what we are essentially doing is forgiving ourselves, shouting out to the little boys and girls that we still are.
Jack, the eldest and most handsome, and let me digress here; When I watched this for the first time in 1995, I enjoyed it immensely, because I was Irish and had lived in Queens, NY. I had big hair and wore baggy shirts, but I didn't think the Brothers were so attractive. Now with the advantage of hindsight and the clarity of age, or maybe just envy at their timeless youth, I was beguiled by their perfect skin, toned physiques and of course their Irish charm (which unbelievably, Irish men in the old country have yet to perfect!). Anyway, getting back to the storyline - Jack is married to Molly, who could also have been called Jane, for her girl next-door loveliness. He is seduced by a temptress from the city and to my horror, poor Moll forgives him.....
Patrick is the youngest brother, a devout Catholic, overwhelmed by his longtime, Jewish girlfriend.Read more ›
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Love Edward Burns but don't understand the hype surrounding this movie. It is charming but slow.Published 3 months ago by Jean Ruggeri
There aren't many movies today that can elicit the empathy, sympathy, and downright joy the way this treasure can. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nancy Kostyk
I love it. Very interesting story about the catholic family. Edward Burns wrote a very nice story. I always like his story and movies. He is a very good actor. Read morePublished 11 months ago by tpalma
A wonderfully written and well-ac.ted film. The intelligent dialogue is refreshingPublished 15 months ago by Christopher Kelly