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The Brothers McMullen (1995)



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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 fiancÚ. 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
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Burns
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On DVD: Oct 3, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Mike McGlone
as Patrick
Catharine Bolz
as Mrs. McMullen
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

July 7, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2007
Arizona Daily Star

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2006

Burns' first (and still best) effort.

April 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

Alright, but overrated.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


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.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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