Laws of Attraction

2004

Laws of Attraction

Critics Consensus

A bland and forgettable copy of Adam's Rib.

18%

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Total Count: 147

47%

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User Ratings: 36,810
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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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  • Feb 21, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    Though it's not good enough to make you forget the Tracy-Hepburn comedies, it is good enough to make you remember them. Brosnan is funnier than I ever imagined.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2010
    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.
    ♥Robyn Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2009
    Critics didn't like this movie...but I believe this is a really smart film. Good writing. Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore are perfectly cast as two rival divorce lawyers who...surprise...fall in love. The chemistry between Brosnan and Moore is awesome. Good date movie!
    George K Super Reviewer

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