Laws of Attraction (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A bland and forgettable copy of Adam's Rib.

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Can two professional adversaries pretend to be in love for the sake of their careers? That's the question in this sophisticated romantic comedy. Rock star Thorne Jamison (Michael Sheen) and his wife, Serena (Parker Posey), a well-known fashion designer, have made a less-than-amicable decision to divorce, and they each hire the best legal representation money can buy. Thorne retains the services of Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan), a showboating attorney whose cocky attitude and casual manner camouflages a first-rate legal mind. Meanwhile, Serena arranges for Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) to handle her affairs; Audrey is an insightful, by-the-book counselor whose knowledge of the law is encyclopedic. Daniel and Audrey's professional styles could hardly be more different, and they don't get along especially well in court. One of the assets over which Thorne and Serena are fighting is a castle in Ireland, and Daniel and Audrey both fly there to file depositions regarding the estate. As it happens, the village where the castle is located is having their annual festival, and Daniel and Audrey find themselves enjoying the hospitality of the community. A long night of drinking ensues, and in the morning the lawyers make the startling discovery that they got married while under the influence. While nether is interested in staying married, they realize it would be harmful for both sides of the case if they were to divorce, so they're forced to make their union look legitimate for however long the court proceedings may last. Laws of Attraction also features Frances Fisher as Audrey's mother, and Nora Dunn as the judge handing Thorne and Serena's divorce.
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PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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Cast

Pierce Brosnan
as Daniel Rafferty
Julianne Moore
as Audrey Woods
Michael Sheen
as Thorne Jamison
Parker Posey
as Serena
Frances Fisher
as Sara Miller
Nora Dunn
as Judge Abramovitz
Mina Badie
as Tracey Abramovitz
Johnny Myers
as Ashton Phelps
Mike Doyle
as Michael Rawson
Annie Ryan
as TV Host
Vincent Marzello
as Lyman Hersh
Sara James
as Waitress
Gordon Sterne
as Judge Baker
Allan Houston
as Adamo Shandela
Brette Taylor
as Mary Harrison
Brendan Morrissey
as Mr. O'Callaghan
Elva Crowley
as Mrs. Flanagan
David Wilmot
as Brendan
David Kelly
as Michael
James McClatchie
as Soloman Steinman
Sara Gilbert
as Gary Gadget's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Laws of Attraction

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (41)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The actors work hard to concoct some chemistry, but it's tough to be Tracy and Hepburn, let alone Doris Day and Rock Hudson, when you're trying to get your mouth around lines that wouldn't pass muster on a UPN sitcom.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Watch Hepburn and Tracy in Adam's Rib. It's very something.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

Terrible, terrible film.

May 3, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
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April 30, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Full Review… | April 30, 2004
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Laws of Attraction

½

Lonely but charming divorce lawyers on opposite sides of the aisle opt for a longterm contract, no pre-nup, and so a writ of habeas corpus in this predictable bit o'unfortunately unfortunate blarney. The actors work so hard, and I was rooting for 'em, but ... it finally comes off as too forced, too mechanical, too formulaic, like a big song and dance production number to corn flakes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A romantic comedy about two opposing divorce lawyers who end up in a relationship.It isnt the funniest comedy around but it does have its charm.

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♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

Love this movie Julianne Moore is a really good actress & Pierce Brosnan is a good actor & he's adorable. :) Just a really enjoyable movie. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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