The Importance of Being Earnest – Edited
Two dashing bachelors, Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing (Rupert Everett and Colin Firth), have devised a clever way to dodge unwanted social and emotional commitments. Unfortunately and coincidentally, each presents himself to different family members as “Earnest.” When Jack falls in love with Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen (Frances O’Connor) and Algernon falls for Jack’s innocent 18-year-old ward, Cecily (Reese Witherspoon), their lives become entangled in a comical web of deceit. Gwendolen’s mother, Algernon’s Aunt Augusta (Judi Dench), puts Jack/Ernest through a grueling but hilarious questioning to prove he’s a suitable suitor. Based on Oscar Wilde’s wildly (no pun intended) imaginative, witty stage play set in 1890s England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a real summer treat for teenagers and adults fascinated by the Victorian era.
This film is geared towards a mature audience because of story content. With the comedy having dry humor to it, the film has its enjoyable moments. The costumes are great along with the scenes. But I believe you would have to enjoy this type of film and the story was comical. Would like to see the 1952 vision of this film.