The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Three Irish American brothers with widely differing life philosophies live together in their mother's Long Island house.Writer/director/co-producer Edward Burns made this old-fashioned drama in his own home, shooting it on weekends over an eight-month period. Before the recently widowed Mother McMullen returns to Ireland to search for her life's love, she gently warns her son Barry not to trap himself in a loveless marriage. Five years after the warning, Barry and his two brothers come together to celebrate the 30th birthday of Molly, the wife of eldest-brother Jack, a high-school basketball coach. Second son Barry brings his girlfriend Ann to the party, while Patrick, the youngest and a devout Catholic, brings Susan, his Jewish fiancé. Barry, now homeless, decides to move in with Jack and Molly; Patrick, because he believes living together is a sin, soon follows. The three brothers become embroiled in various love-related shenanigans, and the film focuses upon their conversations and their differing perceptions of childhood. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers McMullen
It's easy to see what attracted Redford to Burns' first film. Burns' dialogue is natural and witty. Burns films with the gritty immediacy of a documentary, slipping a boom mic above backyard conversations over beers.
It's the sprightly profane dialogue, the dirty talk of the brothers about love and religion, that gives this otherwise old-fashioned comedy (imitative of Woody Allen) a modern feel and winsome drive, keeping it from getting stale.
Burns' first (and still best) effort.
A good Movie of the Week. Engaging, a bit soapy, but with real circumstance & intelligent/plausable chat. However, tidies up too neatly in the end.
One of the best films of the 90's
Very relatable for Irish Catholics like me.
Not just horrid by itself, this opened the floodgates for all those self-absorbed indie "relationship" comedies of the latter 1990s.
Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen
A great writing debut for Burns. Nice dialogue. The banana scene is definitley memorable, bookbat. I wonder if the older folks get, the more sobering this movie might become. I'd love to see more from Jennifer Jostyn and Maxine Bahns.More
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