The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Average Rating: 7/10
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Shot on weekends over an eight-month period with practically no budget, writer/director/producer/actor Edward Burns' first feature is a family drama centering on the tumultuous love lives of three small-town, Irish-American brothers. Burns stars as Barry, the middle child who finds himself needing a place to stay and moves in with big brother Jack (Jack Mulcahy). Despite being seemingly happily married to Molly (Connie Britton), Jack gives in to temptation and begins having a sexual affair. All
Aug 9, 1995 Wide
Oct 3, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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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.
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