The Brothers McMullen


The Brothers McMullen (1995)


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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 the while, devout-Catholic baby brother Patrick (Mike McGlone) faces an ongoing struggle to deal with the religious leanings of the women in his life. The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, where it was at the center of a fierce bidding war.

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Critic Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Mar 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Burns' first (and still best) effort.

Apr 17, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Mar 22, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

One of the best films of the 90's

Mar 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Very relatable for Irish Catholics like me.

Sep 4, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

Great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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Alright, but overrated.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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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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Lanning : )

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