Purple Violets (2007)

Purple Violets


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An unhappy woman finds new love with her old boyfriend in this romantic comedy-drama from writer and director Edward Burns. Patti Selma Blair) is a woman in her early thirties living in New York City. For years, Patti chased after her dream of becoming a successful novelist, but recently she's had to put writing on hold and is unhappily working in real estate. Patti's ennui isn't helped by the fact her marriage has fallen into a rut and neither she nor her husband are interested in one another … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Burns
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On DVD: Aug 26, 2008



as Michael Murphy

as Patti Petalson

as Kate Scott

as Brian Callahan

as Gilmore

as Chazz Coleman
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Critic Reviews for Purple Violets

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

This is a sweet and funny romance.

November 27, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Audience Reviews for Purple Violets

0 stars. I'm kinda surprised this movie has such good reviews. I feel nothing for it at all. The script is filled with banal cliches about "writers" and "good writing," and all the women are either one-dimensional damsels in distress or one-dimensional heinous bitches. Pacing of the second act is too abrupt. Patti breaks up with Brian cuz she needs space, then they get back together without so much as a fade-out.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

This was good. I usually find Edward Burns's movies pretty boring, but somehow end up watching them anyhow because they have a good cast. This one was a big improvement, soundtrack is excellent, and a story and characters I could actually relate to for once.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The only word I can use to describe Purple Violets is "eh".


The story is basically about two writers (though one isn't one at the moment) who want each other, so they go through a series of mis-steps to achieve their goal. Of course they have a pair of friends who once dated, now hate each other, but you know will get back together again.

The problem is that I really didn't give a shit about the characters. There was no soul in any of them (except Dennis Farina perhaps) and watching them was just numbing. You didn't feel for these people. For being in love there wasn't much affection between them with the last fifteen minutes being a total disaster.

I can't even recommend this as a chick flick because I don't think Edward Burns knows how to write for women. It's not a horrible film, but it's not great. It's "eh".

Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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