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Parents' Guide to

Laws of Attraction

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

There's no reason to see this movie.

Movie PG-13 2004 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

A charming story, but a little uncomfortable to watch with kids

The scenery is gorgeous, as are the actors, which makes the film pleasant to watch. The quirky cast brings the characters to life - they aren't necessarily people you'd want to know in real life, but they're interesting to observe. There's plenty of humor, drunken flirtation, and a dose of Irish folklore thrown in for good measure. The only drawback is that it's not a family sort of movie - the cynicism and insecurity of the main characters and the seamy details of their profession present a picture you probably don't want your kids to internalize. Still, a great film for mom and dad to watch on a kid-free weekend.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Disastrous casting, a clunker-laden script, and snooze-inducing direction repel rather than attract. Having the set-up and the look of a romantic comedy is not enough to make it one. Director Peter Howitt made a promising debut with Sliding Doors, but after AntiTrust and this mess, it is clear that he is better off when he's far away from Hollywood studios, and so are we. Situations are not the same thing as plot, especially when the situations are just plain dull. The glossy production design is often more fun to watch than the actors.

Frances Fisher as Audrey's eternally-young mother is the best thing in the movie. But the very talented Julianne Moore is badly miscast and never makes Audrey a character instead of a collection of reactions. Brosnan seems to enjoy the vacation from his usual elegant roles, but no one could reconcile Daniel's shambling Columbo act with his underhanded tricks and unabashed affection for Audrey. Parker Posey as a designer married to a rock star gives her first bad performance and Michael Sheen gives the most annoying performance of the year as her estranged husband.

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