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Laws of Attraction (2004)

Getting married is a great way to fall in love.

Original Title : Laws of Attraction
Director : Peter Howitt
Writer : Aline Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna
Robert Harling
Genre : Comedy
Romance
Country : Ireland
Language : English
Music : Ed Shearmur
Photography : Adrian Biddle
Distributor : New Line Cinema
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.
IMDB ID : 0323033
Official site : http://www.attractionmovie.com/
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poster for "Laws of Attraction" by Peter Howitt (2004)
Laws of Attraction (2004) - Peter Howitt
 

Starring

Pierce Brosnan Daniel Rafferty
Julianne Moore Audrey Woods
Michael Sheen Thorne Jamison
Parker Posey Serena
Frances Fisher Sara Miller
Nora Dunn Judge Abramovitz
Heather Ann Nurnberg Leslie
Johnny Myers Ashton Phelps
Mike Doyle Michael Rawson
Allan Houston Adamo Shandela
Annie Ryan TV Host
Vincent Marzello Lyman Hersh
Sara James Waitress
John Discepolo Legal TV Reporter
Annika Pergament TV Reporter
Marc Turtletaub Judge Withers
Gordon Sterne Judge Baker (as Gordan Sterne
Brette Taylor Mary Harrison
Brendan Morrissey Mr. O'Callaghan
Elva Crowley Mrs. Flanagan
David Wilmot Brendan
David Pearse Pig Farmer
Nuala Kelly Large Irish Woman
Liz Byrne Stewardess
David Kelly Priest/Michael
Peter Ballance Check in Clerk (as Peter Balance
Des Fleming Waiter
James McClatchie Soloman Steinman
Sarah Gilbert Gary Gadget's Assistant
Nick Hardin Man in Bathroom
Brian O'Neill Limo Driver
Adam Goodwin Charles Perrin (uncredited
Peter Howitt Client (uncredited
Rachel Rath Maid (uncredited
Claire Michelle Scally Background Artist (uncredited
 

Plot

This is the story of two New York divorce attorneys (Moore, Brosnan) who are often competing against each other, but end up in a relationship nonetheless. When they get married, can they avoid the same issues at home that lead people to provide them business at work? One of the central cases in the story is the heavily-publicized divorce of a rock star (Sheen) from his wife (Posey)...
 

Comments

Screwball with snowballs, 22 October 2004 Author: jackie-107 from Lochawe, Scotland Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Doris Day may have made better screwball comedies, but this one just about works, by downplaying punchlines and taking obvious idiocies as read, such as the leads' addictions to sweeties and their penchant for falling through doors or knocking things over. But with these traits, how is it their apartments are immaculate? A directorial faux-pas here. Julianne Moore is wonderful as usual, playing the rather uptight divorce lawyer, impressed despite herself with Brosnan's physical attractions. She is a mistress of the personality contrasts: sweet smile against dagger-drawn eyes, disconcerted reactions with suave sophistication, professional aplomb in the courtroom, but slobbing out in front of the TV. She is not only determined to resist Brosnan but successfully compete against him, while her mother, brilliantly played by Frances Fisher, is determined to persuade her to accept his overtures. Frances Fisher almost steals the film with her over-the-top, much-married, society fashion character, distinctly contrasting with Julianne Moore's more stuffy persona (reminiscences of Edina and Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous?).I cringed at the scenes in Ireland, but this film does not pretend to be anything other than a sweet-thing romantic comedy of deliberate game-playing. It doesn't go for stand-up jokes, but just bowls along happily in its overdose of sugar. Moore is marvelous in serious drama (The Hours and Far From Heaven) but is proving equally at home with zany comedy (see also Cookie's Fortune). Brosnan relies on his handsome looks to see him through any part, but his comedy timing is as excellent as Moore's. The characters' common clumsiness is as well-timed as anything Doris Day did in That Touch Of Mink, or Cary Grant in Monkey Business. Given that Brosnan and Moore are more often seen in adventure or drama, an outing into comedy does not go amiss and gives us a chance to see them do something different. I wasn't sure of the film to begin with, but it grew on me. As long as it is accepted as a light and frothy entertainment, with no other purpose than whiling away a Sunday afternoon in front of the fire with a box of chocolates, it's a fine movie. Does Frances Fisher ever play any other character than someone's mother?