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 anymore. When she was in college, Patti was in love with Brian (Patrick Wilson), and while Brian is fortunate enough to support himself writing crime fiction, he's smarting from the uncharitable reviews given to his latest and most personal work. One night, Patti is having dinner with her best friend Kate (Debra Messing) when she bumps into Brian, who is out with his friend Murph (Edward Burns), who in turn used to be involved with Kate. As the former lovers talk about their past and where life has taken them, Patti finds herself falling for Brian all over again, but both she and Brian are still dealing with the differences and insecurities that drove them apart years before. Purple Violets received its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Edward Burns
as Michael Murphy
Selma Blair
as Patti Petalson
Debra Messing
as Kate Scott
Patrick Wilson
as Brian Callahan
Donal Logue
as Chazz Coleman
Elizabeth Reaser
as Bernadette
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Critic Reviews for Purple Violets

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Audience Reviews for Purple Violets

  • Jun 16, 2012
    typical Edward Burns melodrama but it has likable performances. Burns seems to be growing into a great independent filmmaker, the only real weak link is Logue in a thankless role.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    Never watch Ed Burns movies, more over with him as the director. But gotta admit, I did enjoy this one. It doesn't have the mushy feeling or chick flick comedy out-loud routine in it, no dumb reference jokes either. Purple Violets; tells the story about 30 something people who reconnects with their old flames. The main story is played amazingly by Selma Blair (whom I always thought is a good actress), she finds herself struggling with bad marriage, working as a real estate agent - where actually she is a talented writer. Things change when she reconnects with Patrick Wilson, hence her old flame. Ed Burns and Debra Messing play the main couple best friend, who also try to reconcile things between them since their bad break up in college. The movie title might throw you back (it did to me), but the movie was actually quite decent. 7/10.
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2009
    I'm not crazy about Edward Burns as an actor, but I admire his determination to direct honest friendships and romances. Selma Blair and Patrick Wilson are likable enough, but not particularly interesting. The romance between Burns and Debra Messing however, lacks spark; he makes many attempts to rekindle their relationship, but we're never shown why they're right for each other.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer

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