PG-13 for sexual content and language
1 hr. 30 min.
Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Nora Dunn,
Frances Fisher, Parker Posey
New Line Cinema
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Laws of Attraction
By Elliott Ryan
- Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore star in this romantic comedy
about romance blossoming between two opposing divorce attorneys. The movie
is a light-hearted love story that actually ends up teaching a good moral
lesson on marriage. It is a pleasant, though formulaic, ninety minute
Brosnan and Moore both portray undefeated divorce litigators who are
single. At first, they arent too fond of each other. They repeatedly
find themselves on opposite sides of high profile divorce cases. As is
often the case in movies like this, the viewers realize that the main
characters are falling in love long before the characters themselves sense
their budding romance. So, of course, there is a series of disagreements
and misunderstandings that cause the principal characters to dislike each
other while viewers wait for the inevitable to happen.
The problem with this movie (and many others that share this basic plot
structure) is that the characters are not really given any real reason
to fall in love with each other. Suddenly, they just decide to like, and
eventually love, each other rather than hating each other. About the only
thing that appears to bring these characters together is their fondness
for getting drunk together. It seems that if alcohol had not played such
a major role in the relationship, Brosnan and Moores characters
would have never gotten together at all.
But, they do eventually get together. The details are fuzzy to both the
characters and viewers but they end up waking up married to each other
one morning. It isnt really spoiling too much of the plot to reveal
that information. Anyone who has seen the trailer advertising the movie
already knows that the couple wakes up in shock over their late-night,
alcohol-induced nuptials. The rest of the film involves them deciding
what to do about their unexpected marriage.
all of this as a background, it might surprise Christian viewers to see
that a positive message about saving marriages is advocated by these divorce
attorneys by the time the film ends. These two characters, who made a
great deal of money profiting from the failing marriages of their clients,
are suddenly forced to question their own beliefs about marriage. The
conclusion they reach is not completely unlike something youd hear
in a Sunday School lesson on marriage.
Frances Fisher stars as Moores mother. While Moores character
is serious and preoccupied with her career, her mother is much more of
a free-spirit who seems preoccupied with reliving her youth by any means
necessary. Fishers character exists mainly as a confidant for Moore
and as a comedic diversion. Parker Posey and Micheal Sheen co-star as
clients going through bitter divorce proceedings. Nora Dunn puts in a
solid performance as a judge who has to listen to the two main characters
bicker during those proceedings.
While the characters do end up teaching viewers a good message about
marriage, this movie is not appropriate for the whole family. While there
is no nudity, there are several scenes of implied sexual behavior. Repeated
references are made to adultery and fornication (after all, a good deal
of the movie does take place in a courtroom during divorce proceedings).
There is also a small amount of inappropriate language. The positive message
about marriage may be enough to counteract the negative examples set at
times in the movie. But leave the kids at home.
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