Purple Violets

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After the commercial failure of her critically acclaimed first novel, Patti Petalson (Selma Blair) takes a job in real estate. Married to unfaithful chef Chazz (Donal Logue), Patti is startled by a chance encounter with her former boyfriend, Brian Callahan (Patrick Wilson), now a best-selling author. As the two renew their interest in each other, Patti's teacher friend, Kate (Debra Messing), also rekindles her college relationship with Michael (Edward Burns), a lawyer and mutual friend.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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