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
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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.
Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen
Alright, but overrated.
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.
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