The Importance of Being Earnest
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The Importance of Being Earnest
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use the same pseudonym on the sly, which is fine until they fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Wilde subtitled his masterpiece "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People." This movie seems intent on being a trivial comedy for trivial people."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Romance and deception in Wilde's clever comedy of manners."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Always destined to be measured against Anthony Asquith's acclaimed 1952 screen adaptation."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The souffle rises about a quarter of the way before stodgily collapsing in Oliver Parker's new version of Oscar Wilde's classic."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This may be a less than ideal "Earnest," but it still has delights..."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The Importance of Being Earnest resonates and inspires rapid-fire bouts of laughter, perhaps even a few giggles from the author himself, whom posterity has rewarded the last laugh."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"The movie stumbles along awkwardly rather than tripping by wittily from beginning to end. The fault lies in Parker's needless embellishments."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The ability to compress such a hilariously complex story into 97 minutes of film is a tribute both to Wilde's astounding economy with words and Parker's mastery of his source material."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Despite a few distracting cinematic touches, Oliver Parker's 'Earnest' effort is a joy to watch -- and to hear."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"You might suppose that Oscar Wilde's theatrical evergreen is indestructible. But that would be to reckon without the intervention of 'writer'/director Parker, who really makes a pig's ear of this silk purse."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Though Mr. Parker's The Importance of Being Earnest is pleasant enough in its casting and performances, it doesn't work as it should."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Click to read review"
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Could it be better cast? NO! It?s a frothy delight, true to the spirit of the original, but flavored with the permissiveness of the present."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Shot in lavish Technicolor but restricted to a few well-designed sets, The Importance of Being Earnest is a small cinematic gem."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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