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Laws of Attraction (2004)

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51%
(40 votes)
Critic Rating
43%
(19 reviews)
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Release Date
• USA: Apr 30, 2004
• UK: 7 May 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 24, 2004
• R2: 27 Sep 2004

Budget USD 28,000,000
BoxOffice: $17.8M

Official Website:
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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 27 minutes

Country Ireland, UK, Germany

Studio Deep River Productions, Initial Entertainment Group, Intermedia Films, Irish DreamTime, Stratus Film Company

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• Laws of Attraction (2004)



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Genre: Romance, Comedy, Law, Marriage, Love, Courtroom

Tagline: Getting married is a great way to fall in love.

Plot: High-powered New York divorce attorneys Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) and Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios – so how bad could their own chances be?

At the top of their respective games, Audrey and Daniel are a classic study in opposites. She practices law strictly by the book; he always manages to win by the seat of his pants. But soon they’re pitted against each other on opposite sides of a nasty public divorce between famous clients (Parker Posey and Michael Sheen), with the case centering on an Irish castle which each future divorcee has their sights set on. Audrey and Daniel travel to Ireland to chase down separate depositions, yet the two lawyers, who have slowly been developing a mutual attraction that neither wants to acknowledge, find themselves thrown together at a romantic Irish country festival. Naturally, after a night of wild celebrating, they wake up the next morning as man and wife. Now they have to return to New York to carry on with their surprising new situation and the ongoing court case.

Maybe getting married first is the best way to fall in

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 External Reviews
external linkTaken on its own merits, Laws of Attraction isn't a terrible film, but there's nothing that's memorable or extraordinary - indeed, quite the opposite is true. 2/4


external link... there are some pungent one-liners that effectively set the mood of discontent and provide for some generous laughs. But when those run their course, the only thing we’re left holding is one bad, long-winded lawyer joke. 2/5
--David Levine (FilmCritic.com)

external linkI’d almost recommend you see this movie just so you experience this last line and really revel in one of the truly great clunkers of our age. 2.5/5
--Blake Snyder (MovieWeb)

external linkIf the producers of the James Bond films want an excuse to replace Pierce Brosnan as 007, they need look no further than his latest romantic comedy. 2/5
--Neil Smith (BBC Films)

external linkThe sort of movie that you’d likely enjoy more if there were more obvious screw-ups – at least some continuity problems or really awful acting would break the monotony. 63/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)

external linkLaws of Attraction isn't quite as annoying, or actionable, as the recent Down with Love, that campy tribute to Doris and Rock. But it's still fairly forgettable. Which, if you're the moored Moore, may not be such a bad thing. 2/4
--Glenn Lovell (San Jose Mercury News)

external linkThe first law of attraction is sexual chemistry – something this movie is completely lacking. 1.5/5
--Marjorie Baumgarten (Austin Chronicle)

external linkThe new romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction" is stuffed with every cliche in the book. It tries to emulate the great Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn classics, but ends up a pale copy.
--Paul Clinton (CNN Showbiz)

external linkStill, the efforts of the cast are not enough to lift "Laws of Attraction" above the cautious banality of a midseason replacement sitcom. The real problem is that despite game, charming performances from Mr. Brosnan and Ms. Moore, you never feel the urgency of Daniel and Audrey's rivalry or the attraction that springs from it.
--A.O. Scott (The New York Times)

external linkOpposites attract, it's true, but the problem with the two divorce lawyers in "Laws of Attraction" is that they're not opposites. They're perfectly well suited to each other, recognize that almost immediately, and tumble into bed at least half an hour, maybe an hour, before that's permitted by the movie's formula. Then they annoy us by trying to deny the attraction while the plot spins its wheels, pretending to be about something. 2/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)


 Directed by
Peter Howitt
Johnny English, Antitrust, Dangerous Parking
 Written by
Aline Brosh McKenna
The Devil Wears Prada, Father Knows Less
 Cast
Pierce Brosnan
Mars Attacks!, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
Julianne Moore
The Fugitive, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia
Michael Sheen
Underworld, Kingdom of Heaven, Underworld: Evolution
Parker Posey
Scream 3, You've Got Mail, Blade: Trinity
Frances Fisher
Titanic, Unforgiven, Gone in Sixty Seconds
Nora Dunn
Three Kings, Bruce Almighty, Runaway Jury
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 Music By
Ed Shearmur
Charlie's Angels, Cruel Intentions, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

external linkAmbitious romcom that aims for a 1940s screwball vibe but doesn’t quite make it, despite genuine sparks flying between its two leads. 3/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkThe actors are doing what they can with the material, but the script is just so lame and recycled that they can’t rescue it. C
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)

external link“Laws of Attraction” is a nice stab at a screwball romantic comedy, but it falls short in both those areas. Directed by the unremarkable Peter Howitt “Attraction” begins as a loose battle of the sexes, moves into fish-out-of-water comedy, then climaxes as a deeply serious meditation on marriage. C
--Brian Orndorf (FilmJerk.com)

external linkAs if the story wasn’t bad enough, the filmmakers have the gall to place the top divorce lawyers in the Society pages. Yes, you heard right. 1/10
--Aaron West (Movie-Vault.com)

external linkDry and uninterestingly formulaic, ‘Laws of Attraction’ attempts to coast on the supposed chemistry between Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan; hoping that they can cancel out the bland material given to them in this romantic comedy about two divorce attorneys who find themselves engaged after a night of drinking. 1.5/5
--Joe Rickey (Movie-Gurus.com)

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