Inventing the Abbotts Reviews
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.
" know all there is to know about screwing your way into a wealthy family and there's no way I'm gonna let you screw your way into mine."
"Every time an Abbott girl gets her period they throw some kind of party!"
"You do realize you may be the only person at this party with artificial sideburns?"
VERY slow movie. Not much plot. VERY dumb ending. The actors in this movie were much more worthy of a better script than the one they had to preform from.
Gladly giving this movie to goodwill!!!
In this sweet coming-of-age film, Phoenix and Crudup are two working-class brothers being raised by their mother in a small Illinois town in the late 1950's. They spend most of their teen years lusting after the three daughters of the richest family in town, the Abbotts. Crudup is particularly obsessed with wooing and bedding the girls because he believes that the Abbotts' fortune should really belong to his family, and that they even had a hand in his father's untimely death. Phoenix, the level-headed brother, is just content to be friends with the youngest of the daughters (Tyler) and must hope that their friendship doesn't suffer as a result of Crudup's misplaced resentment of the family. The story and subject are slightly above made-for-TV material in which the boys must lay some skeletons in the family closet to rest before moving into well-adjusted adulthood. What brings it to a higher level are the performances and chemistry between the gifted young cast. Queer Quotient: The only element that seems out of place is when Phoenix ends up going to college as a scenic design major. The film nowhere prepares us to believe he has any artistic inclinations. And maybe I'm prejudiced, but it's just such a gay profession, isn't it?