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The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

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Release Date
• USA: May 17, 2002
• UK: 6 Sep 2002
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 12, 2004
• R2: 21 Jul 2003

Budget $15,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG for mild sensuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 37 minutes

Country USA, UK, France

Studio Ealing Studios, Film Council, Fragile Films, Miramax

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Other Titles
• The Importance of Being Earnest
• Ernst sein ist alles (2002)



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Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Period Piece, Mistaken Identity, Love, Gay/Lesbian, Suspense

Tagline: Everybody Loves Ernest... But Nobody's Quite Sure Who He Really Is.

Plot: What’s in a name? Plenty. Reserved bachelor Jack Worthing (Colin Firth) enjoys a simple, responsible life with Cecily Cardew (Reese Witherspoon), his utterly romantic but romantically sheltered niece. Their life in the country is quiet and serene, save for the moments when Jack is whisked away to London to fix the problems caused by Ernest Worthing, his wayward and carefree brother.

Trouble is, Jack is Ernest. As an escape from the mundane, Jack assumes the identity of this roguish, imaginary alter-ego. Goodbye simple and responsible, hello wayward and carefree. Once he’s in London, Jack teams up with his ne’er-do-well partner-in-crime, Algy Moncreef (Rupert Everett), a man whose penchant for overspending is matched only by his knack for dodging bill-collectors.

Jack is also in love. Well, Ernest is, at least. The lucky object of his affection is Gwendolen Fairfax (Frances O’Connor), a rebellious aristocrat with a flair for the dramatic. Jack - as Ernest - proposes to the smitten Gwendolen. Convinced that she is destined to marry a man named Ernest, she graciously accepts his offer. But there’s a hitch: Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell (Dame Judi Dench) requires more than just a name from her daughter’s suitors. When she interrogates Jack about his

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 Directed by
Oliver Parker
An Ideal Husband, Othello, The Private Life of Samuel Pepys
 Written by
Oliver Parker
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Oscar Wilde
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 Cast
Rupert Everett
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Colin Firth
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Frances O'Connor
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Reese Witherspoon
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Judi Dench
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Tom Wilkinson
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Edward Fox
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 Music By
Charlie Mole
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