Inventing the Abbotts
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Inventing the Abbotts
The lives of two closely linked, small town Illinois families dangerously intersect in this domestic drama set in the 1950s, based on a short story by Sue Miller and directed by Pat O'Connor. Though they are from the wrong side of the tracks, the working class brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix) are in love with the wealthy and beautiful Abbott sisters. Shy and quiet Doug, who worships his womanizing brother, has eyes for the iconoclastic Pam (Liv Tyler), but Jacey's affections are more calculating; he's interested in whichever Abbott sister is interested… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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"Cast of newcomers is appealing, but this small-town melodrama is so old-fashioned and out-of-touch with contemporary youth that it feels as if it were made the same time that its story is set, in 1957."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Offers an inventive and engaging exploration of emotional intelligence."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"In the end, it adds up to nothing more than a humorless, forgettable nostalgia piece with carefully re-created costumes and settings from the Eisenhower years."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"It is rare to find a film that treats teenagers and young adults as real people who think for themselves, and own up to their mistakes"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"If looked at in the right perspective, as a soap and not as the serious drama it pretends to be, this is quite diverting, if emotionally hollow, melodrama."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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