- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 12, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Oliver Parker - Director
- Making Of: THE MAKING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Film Comment - 05/01/2002
"...[Dench's] gift for constructively dominating a scene can't be overpraised..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 06/01/2002
"...Wilde's wit breaks through, and the lavish sets and costumes beguile the eye..."
Rolling Stone - 06/06/2002
"...Everett, whose scenes with Firth are a droll delight, nails every sly laugh. And Witherspoon adds her own legally blond American sparkle to this British party..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/22/2002
"...The entire cast is enjoyable....There are some glorious sets and costumes..."
Box Office - 06/01/2002
"...[The cast] is a dream assemblage....[Witherspoon's] beauty, poise and insouciance make her the center of attention in every scene she's in..."
Variety - 05/20/2002
"...Fitting comfortably with the otherwise Brit cast, Witherspoon instantly flashes her charm..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/28/2002
"...[A] witty, stylish adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2002
"...The casting and performances do enjoyable justice to the text....Consistently entertaining..."
In his second adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play, writer-director Oliver Parker (AN IDEAL HUSBAND) assembles a peerless cast to engage in this witty comedy of manners and mistaken identity. In 1890s London, rakish Algernon Montcrieff (Rupert Everett, who also starred in HUSBAND) runs into his friend, Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), who is in town to propose marriage to Algy's wildly romantic cousin, Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor). When returning a cigarette case to Jack, Algy reads the inscription, and discovers his friend has two secrets. Jack has created a devilish younger brother/alter ego called "Ernest" to hide his own misdeeds, and has a beautiful young ward named Cecily (Reese Witherspoon), whom he wants to keep clear of the roguish Algy. While Jack deals with the large obstacle standing between him and Gwendolen--namely, her mother, the imposing Lady Bracknell (a wonderfully imperious Judi Dench)--Algy devises a way to meet Cecily. The confusion and hilarity come to a peak when Algy arrives at Jack's country manor posing as Ernest in order to woo Cecily, and Gwendolen runs away to the country to be with Jack--whom she knows as Ernest. The stellar cast and Wilde's clever words make for genuine entertainment.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Importance Of Being Earnest
Starring Reese Witherspoon (LEGALLY BLONDE), Colin Firth (BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY), and Rupert Everett (MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING), here is the hilarious adventure of two dashing young bachelors and the outrageous deceptions they find themselves in over love! Whenever Worthing (Firth) wants to leave his dull country life behind, he makes visits to the city posing as his fictitious "brother" Ernest. There, he becomes smitten with the ravishing Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor, A.I.). But when Worthing is in town, his playboy pal Algy (Everett) is in the country and falling for Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily (Witherspoon) -- while also impersonating Ernest! Pandemonium ensues when these two would-be Ernests find themselves face-to-face and in the predicament of explaining who they really are!
- Theatrical release: May 22, 2002 (NY/LA)
May 31, 2002 (EXPANDS)