The Brothers McMullen
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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 ›
Made on a shoestring (reportedly $24,000), Burns does a solid job in all of his roles as a triple threat; director, writer and actor. But there are weak spots. Some of the performances are terrific (the young Connie Britton and Burns himself particularly stand out), but the others range from solid but unspectacular, to weak enough to be a little hard to watch. There’s also a pat-ness to some of the writing of key supporting parts that doesn’t live up to the strongest scenes with the lead characters, where Burns blends the honest, complicated comedy and tragedy of day to day life with aplomb.
But if the film doesn’t quite live up to the hype that surrounded it at Sundance 20 years ago, it's still is a better and more human film than almost anything Hollywood can manage these days.
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!
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Watched this movie back when it originally came out. Time has hardened me! The story itself is good. The acting, all around, every actor guilty, sucks. Really bad.Published 2 months ago by MRose
A great synopsis of life as a man with an Irish Catholic upbringing that conflicts with many modern societal mores.Published 4 months ago by William G. Pressley
Love Edward Burns but don't understand the hype surrounding this movie. It is charming but slow.Published 9 months ago by Jean Ruggeri