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Plot: A light-hearted story of two working-class brothers courting three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 04 Apr 1997
What can I say? I love this movie. And I'm not the type who digs romance movies, because they're usually 1 rubbish, 2 crap and 3 junk. "Inventing the Abbotts" is none of the above. Maybe it has got something to do with Joaquin Phoenix's presence in the movie; in my humble opinion, he is one tremendous actor and I love him, and I saw this movie because he's in it. Or maybe, just maybe, "Inventing the Abbotts" is simply a sweet little romantic movie that I enjoyed very much. There is just something about the movie that touches me. I do agree that "the <more>
best kind of love is the no-matter-what kind", and seeing it displayed so genuinely through Doug Phoenix and Pam Liv Tyler just did it for me. Not only was Joaquin brilliant as Doug, his character is, let's face it, an all-round good guy: someone you'd feel comfortable with, comfortable enough to let him meet the parents. And although there were some scenes where Liv Tyler didn't quite deliver, the chemistry between the two of them is obvious, and it helps to make their romance more possible than it already is.Billy Crudup plays the more interesting Holt brother Jacey, and is thoroughly convincing in his role. Jennifer Connelly is beautiful, and like most of the supporting cast, is solid in her role. Special kudos must go to the actress who played Doug's mom her name eluded my memory . She handled her role with delicacy and care, and turned what could be a fairly boring character to an interesting one. I love the exploration of family relationships, and I was glad to see a solid relationship between Doug and his mother.All in all, "Inventing the Abbotts" is a splendid movie that *somehow* teaches you to love "no matter what".
A lovely, heartfelt movie that should have received more attention (by david-greene5)
As a voracious film buff, it always surprises me when a great film is released and totally escapes my notice, sometimes for years! I recently viewed "Inventing the Abbotts" on a TV pay channel. I was so astounded by the emotional power of the film that I went to my Leonard Maltin guide, curious to see what the reviewer there had to say about it. I was astounded to find that he had pretty much dismissed the whole thing as flaccid and disappointing. I could not help but disagree, most emphatically. Maybe it is all a matter of taste, but I loved the performances by all of the principal <more>
players. The cinematography and production design are terrific. I felt that the director had crafted a constantly engrossing, moving film. The script, which Maltin's reviewer called "dull", struck me as having a fine ear for strong dialogue, all of which seemed very natural and effective to me. There is so much that is poignant and insightful and deeply touching in this entire piece that I would say that anyone who favors dramas with powerful romantic elements and thoughtful examination of the forces at work in society should make every effort to see this film. I do not know why it did not attract more notice when it first came out.
Inventing the Abbotts is a great movie! (by bjshopper)
"Inventing the Abbotts" was one of those late night movies I had the opportunity to catch last night on HBO when I couldn't sleep due to nerve damage in my leg. Excellent cast and storyline. I had never even heard of it. It came out in 1997 and I am/was a movie goer. I don't even remember ever seeing previews on this one. I definitely would like to see it from the beginning; although I don't think I missed too much. Joaquin Phoenix is an excellent actor even when he was nine years younger. The relationship between him and his mother is quite charming, she knows her son <more>
well. I thought the entire cast was very good but Joaquin Phoenix really stood out. I came from a small town on the Gulf coast of Florida and this movie was something that I could really relate to as to how people in small towns are no matter where in the USA they are located; just different names and faces. One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Sure beats the heck out of the bulk of what is out there today, sad to say.
one of the most underrated movies I have ever seen. (by renar)
This movie has not received enough credit. In my estimation, each member of the cast has turned in the best performance of their career. From the relationship between the two lead characters, and with their Mother, and their connection to the Abbotts, this movie tells a moving story with true heartfelt emotion. I cried at many points in the movie. Joaquin and Billy are truly inspiring. Liv Tyler and Jennifer Connolley let us into their world of what life was like in the teenage world of the early 60's. We were transported in time back to that world with all of it social standards and <more>
sanctions. Pat O'Connor has outdone himself with this film.
What can I say but nice about a move that has Live Tyler in it. `Inventing the Abbott's' is a good look back at a 50's family feud where you really cant escape the small town and its mentality you have to make your own world in your head to deal with its confines. I enjoyed Live Tyler's performance as Pamela Abbott. Tyler gave the perfect nice girl next door. Jennifer Connelly was perfect as the bad girl sister. Connelly does have that girl next door look but she can also give that I want you performance of a bad girl that Tyler can't. Joaquin Phoenix as Doug Holt was <more>
blah. Phoenix just seems too gay for this role. I think that they could have found a better actor for it. Billy Crudup plays the role of Jacey Holt perfectly. He was believable as the jerky older brother that is mad at the world for what he perceives it has done to him so he lashes out at it and screws practically everyone in the process. Kathy Baker as Helen Holt played the perfect 50's mother. She had the look and gave a realistic performance of a single mother on her own. The other performances weren't bad such as Barbara Williams as Joan Abbott. She did look like the kind of mother that would be on some sort of pill. She was very cold. My favorite line in the film is when Pamela Abbott says "But unfortunately life is just not a cafeteria." The movie does drag a bit which is the only major flaw in it.
Beautiful story of young slow-burning love (by cheerymonkeyuk)
Joaquin Phoenix and Liv Tyler make such an adorable young couple. They look so in love on screen - it probably helped that they were head over heels in love with each other off screen as well! You can really sense what they feel for each other, conveyed subtly by glances or lingering looks. It's beautiful and fascinating to watch their love for each other unfold and grow as they mature into adulthood. The scenes where they each convey their love for each other without saying it her by marking 'I love u' on his hand and him writing it on the window at the end of the film are so <more>
romantic and cute. You watch the film and you wish you were there - the setting of 50s Midwest America is gorgeous and it provides an appropriate summer feel to the movie. The older members of the supporting cast also provide good solid performances - particularly Kathy Baker as the Holt boys' mother and Will Patton as the Abbott father. The main reason for watching the film is Joaquin Phoenix. He is gorgeous with those huge hungry green eyes and dark smouldering looks. Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup - could you ask for better looking actors to appear as brothers? And then Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler and Joanna Going as sisters? I could watch this film for the eye candy alone. In addition Billy Crudup and Jennifer Conelly have sexual chemistry to die for! It's not difficult to see why with all these good-looking young actors that the film is not a joy to watch!
The lives of two brothers living in a small town in Illinois are profoundly affected by an alleged incident which took place even before one of them was born, in `Inventing the Abbotts,' directed by Pat O'Connor. The Abbotts are one of the wealthiest, most respected families in Haley, Illinois; Lloyd Abbott Will Patton is a successful businessman who, along with his wife, Joan Barbara Williams , has raised three daughters, the oldest of whom, Alice Joanna Going , is about to be married, while the youngest, Pamela Liv Tyler , is about to graduate from high school. The Holts, on <more>
the other hand, are from the other side of the tracks, and Helen Holt Kathy Baker has had to raise her boys on her own. John Billy Crudup , the oldest, was two-years-old when his father was killed in an accident, while Helen was pregnant with his brother, Doug Joaquin Phoenix . There's no mystery about what happened in the accident; the bone of contention concerns what happened afterwards-- at least in the eyes of John, even all these years later as he is about to enter collage. John and Doug's father, it seems, had been business partners with Lloyd Abbott, but after his death, a patent that Mr. Holt owned somehow ended up in Lloyd Abbott's name, making him a wealthy man, while the Holt's ended up in their current state of affairs-- not exactly poor, but barely making ends meet. And since his youth, John has been fixated with the Abbotts, especially their daughters, and one in particular, Eleanor Jennifer Connelly . But as with most things involving an obsession, it only put John on a lifelong emotional road to nowhere. Told from Doug's point of view, the story becomes a lesson in life; when to leave the baggage of things best forgotten behind and move on. Phoenix gives an affecting performance as Doug, who has an on-again-off-again relationship with Pamela, the one sister who is, `Just there,' as she says according to her, Alice is the `good' one, Eleanor the `bad' . He captures that sense of being at an age when uncertainty is the only absolute, and you feel his need to search and seek out that toe-hold on life that is often elusive to the young. There's an understated ring of truth in his portrayal that adds that depth which makes his character credible, and one to whom it is easy to relate. Crudup delivers, as well, with a performance wound in introspective tension so tightly that there are moments when it seems almost tangible. He carries a burden-- that from which his obsession was born-- and it shows. John has so much going for him the love of his mother and brother; good looks; intelligence , that watching him suffer so emotionally-- even at arm's length-- is sad to see, especially in light of the fact that it is so unnecessary. Still, some of his actions especially one late in the film are intrinsically almost too brutal to forgive; only so much, after all, can be buried amid rationalization. In the end, you feel for him, but only so far; and then you are compelled to do what he could not-- you move on. As Pamela, Liv Tyler turns in a reserved performance that captures something of that same sense of confusion reflected in Doug's character. A bit more grounded, perhaps, but there is still that `searching' going on within her. Connelly, meanwhile, gets into her role as the'bad' sister with relish, exuding a self-assured sexual tension qualified with just enough restraint to make Eleanor a memorable and effective character. Going does a nice job, also, though by the nature of her character alone, she is bound to be somewhat overshadowed by Tyler and Connelly. The supporting cast includes Michael Sutton Steve , Alessandro Nivola Peter , Shawn Hatosy Victor and Michael Keaton as the narrator. An engaging and often poignant drama, `Inventing the Abbotts' puts love, loss and confusion one might say the mainstays of life into perspective, and illustrates that how we deal with it all is not necessarily a matter of individual choice. Some, in fact, just may have to invent whatever it is they need to hang onto. At one point in the film, Doug says of his brother, `If the Abbotts hadn't existed, John would've invented them.' And maybe that's the way it is; taking life as it comes and dealing with it the best way you know how. I rate this one 8/10.
I found this to be a sweet and emotional film. The direction by O'Connor was swift and engrossing and I liked the way he let you see each character differ when they were around another character. Like the way Joaquin Phoenix's character gets all lustful around Jennifer Connolly, but restrains himself around Liv Tyler.Considering this is the film that brought them together in real life, I'm not surprised that Joaquin and Liv were so tender with one another. Both of them have the acting ability, where you only have to look into their eyes to know what they're feeling or trying <more>
to convey. For all the bitterness some characters offered, it was the relationship between Pamela and Doug that captured me.Just a sweet love story, and that can be OK sometimes!
Good story filled with young star power. (by Pinhead-6)
Inventing the Abbotts 1997 is a pretty good story about life and lets a lot of young stars shine. Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connely, and the found again Joaquin Phoenix who I haven't seen around since SpaceCamp do a great job in their tough roles. This movie is not so bad at all, one I give a 7 out of 10. If you're cruisin' the channels, and can't find anything on but this, tune it in.