Number of Times Seen – 2 (5 Oct 2000 and 24 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Two brothers living on Long Island deal with love and life.
My Take on it – I have been a fan of Edward Burns’ films for years and was interested in seeing this one again just to get an idea of how he started out.
He is such a great writer and director and knows how to create such great dynamics between his characters.
The way that the story flows so well because we feel an investment in the characters in the way films like this should be made and he does it so well.
After his previous film The Brothers McMullen (1995) was such a success, he was able to use his new found “fame” to attract some great actors to play supporting roles here.
Jenifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and John Mahoney are all great here as various family members and companions of the main characters.
Be on the lookout for Amanda Peet and Leslie Mann in small roles too.
Burns’ true genius tho is the way he writes his dialogue.
He keeps his characters so engaging the whole way through and he can easily feel that they are real and genuine people trying to get through the maze of life however they can.
This also allows us to believe that they have known one another for so many years and are able to identify what makes each and every one of them tick.
I now need to try and track down more of Burns’ films.
Bottom Line – Burns once again has the knack to write great character driven stories that keep things interesting the whole time. His success on his previous film gave him the ability to add some great actors in supporting roles. Burns really knows how to create great and engaging dialogue for his characters and it all flows so well the whole way through. The relationship dynamics between all of the characters is great and we get a real sense that they all know each other so well. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shot on a budget of $3 million, considerably more than the estimated budget of $20,000 that Edward Burns’s previous film The Brothers McMullen (1995) cost. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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