Inventing the Abbotts 1997

Inventing the Abbotts

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In the 1950s, brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix), who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly) and Alice (Joanna Going), wanting simply to break the hearts of rich young women. But sensitive Doug has a real romance with Pamela (Liv Tyler), which Jacey and the Abbott patriarch, Lloyd (Will Patton), both frown upon.

Cast & Crew

Billy Crudup
Jacey Holt
Liv Tyler
Pamela Abbott
Will Patton
Lloyd Abbott
Kathy Baker
Helen Holt
Jennifer Connelly
Eleanor Abbott
Joanna Going
Alice Abbott
Karen Kehela Sherwood
Executive Producer
Jack Cummins
Executive Producer
Ken Hixon
Screenwriter
Michael Kamen
Original Music
Kenneth MacMillan
Cinematographer
Ray Lovejoy
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Critic Reviews for Inventing the Abbotts

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  • Mar 08, 2010
    Love no matter what. Good Film! I found this to be a sweet and emotional film. The story takes you back in time, and brilliantly captures the attitudes and prejudices of small town life. Every actor in this film gives such a genuine performance that you can't help being sucked into their world, a world where what is said by the rich can either save or condemn as they see fit. Each location used in the film leaves an imprint on you, from the garage where the brothers always unite over a game of ping-pong to the romance of the abandoned farm where the sparks of love really begin to fly. "Inventing the Abbotts" is a coming of age story that captures the awkwardness of adolescence without all the cheese that so often pervades the genre. It is a tale of love and lust, rich and poor, pure and simple. All in all, "Inventing the Abbotts" is a splendid movie that *somehow* teaches you to love "no matter what". Set in the 1950s, Inventing the Abbotts is a dramatic look at the life of two boys from the wrong side of the tracks and their interaction with the three daughters of local aristocrat Lloyd Abbott. The boys, Jacey and Doug Holt, have only three things in common: their family, table tennis and chasing the beautiful Abbott sisters. Their father, a reckless risk-taker, lost his life through a wager with Lloyd Abbott, his then business partner.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2008
    I can remember watching this one a few years back and really being not impressed. However, I really couldn't remember a lot about it, so when I saw this as a free rental, decided I wound give it another go. I have to say it was nowhere near as bad as I remembered. It is a fairly subdued film, no one in it is terribly happy and added to that, it is set in the 50's. Not a great time for women, I would say. No wonder the 3 Abbott girls have issues! Liv Tyler is pleasant here, where Jennifer Connelly I found a little less so, but really she is not in it enough to matter. She's not awful, but I just don't buy her as that character. Joaquin Phoenix was the real surprise here. I am not generally a fan, but he nails it here. Quite compelling. I am thinking I will check out some other films he is in. Overall not one I would recommend chasing down, but not bad, and possibly just perfect viewing on an insomnia night, as it was for me, if you happen to catch it on tv.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2008
    It's kind of rare to find a film that treats teenagers and young adults as real people who think for themselves, and own up to their mistakes. Connelly and Tyler are both exquisite in early roles.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2008
    Sweet and nicely performed; doesn't run as deep as it think it does but there are more elements compensating for that. I actually didn't enjoy the film the first time around and it took a little thinking about it for a few days to appreciate it.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer

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