Importance of Being Earnest, The (2002, GBR/FRA/USA) C-97m. SCOPE ** D: Oliver Parker. Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey, Edward Fox, Patrick Godfrey. Seventh film version of the Oscar Wilde play (including the TV adaptations) has a game cast and good production values. Everett and Firth are two womanizing gentlemen in the late 19th century, who both pretend to be called 'Ernest'. Then circumstances force them to play each other's alter ego, much to the confusion of the women they have fallen in love with. Seems overdone occasionally. Written by the director.

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