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Laws of Attraction
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie portrays drinking, including drinking to excess, as evidence of machismo and as a way to bond. Characters smoke, use strong language, and have sex without knowing each other very well. There is some crude humor, including the repeated term "goat's nut." There are also many references to adultery, including references to strippers, prostitutes, the "three-way bossa nova," and sexual addiction.
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What's the story?
In LAWS OF ATTRACTION, successful divorce lawyer Audrey (Julianne Moore) has no interest in any romantic entanglements of her own. She is very tough but she plays by the rules. Her opposing counsel in a high profile case is Daniel (Pierce Brosnan), who infuriates her by being disheveled and disrespectful and -- even worse -- by being extremely capable and very handsome. He is very tough and he makes his own rules. They're hired on opposing sides of a high profile divorce case in which they must fly to Ireland. After attending a festival, Audrey and Daniel wake up to discover they're married. Now, they must figure out how to be man and wife and handle the important divorce hearing.
Is it any good?
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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