Inventing the Abbotts

Inventing the Abbotts

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Director: Pat O'Connor

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Liv Tyler

     
 

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Inventing the Abbotts got slammed on its initial theatrical release for being a somewhat ribald update of one of those 1950s coming-of-age melodramas. While that certainly is true, it's more of a definition than a criticism. Inventing the Abbotts really isn't much different from director Pat O'Connor's Circle of

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Inventing the Abbotts got slammed on its initial theatrical release for being a somewhat ribald update of one of those 1950s coming-of-age melodramas. While that certainly is true, it's more of a definition than a criticism. Inventing the Abbotts really isn't much different from director Pat O'Connor's Circle of Friends, which was just a 1950s American coming-of-age melodrama recast in Ireland. This 20th Century Fox DVD release won't cause a critical reappraisal of Inventing the Abbotts, but it will enhance the enjoyment of an already entertaining movie. A guilty pleasure is still a pleasure, and Inventing the Abbotts' extremely handsome cast and slick production values are only enhanced by the disc's flawless anamorphic widescreen transfer and well-balanced Dolby Digital Surround Sound audio track. The disc also comes with a number of trailers and a short promotional making-of featurette that doesn't include any real information or insight into the movie.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
In this romantic coming-of-age story, director Pat O'Connor returns to territory previously explored in his film Circle of Friends, this time moving the action from Ireland to Illinois. Focusing on two very different families in the same town, the film uses the characters to not only explore the romantic tendancies of young adults, but also class differences in the American 1950's. The story is simple, with no more twists and turns than it needs to establish the mood and get its point across. It's the cast that really makes the movie work though. Each of the principals -- Billy Crudup, Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Joanna Going, Will Patton, and Kathy Baker -- is among Hollywood's most capable and subtle performers, and they do not disappoint, making Inventing the Abbotts an actors' film whether it wants to be or not. Deliberately paced, the film might turn off the impatient viewer, but for those willing to give it a chance, an affecting story and rich characters await.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0024543012153
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.85:1]; English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Doug Holt
Billy Crudup Jacey Holt
Liv Tyler Pamela Abbott
Will Patton Lloyd Abbott
Kathy Baker Helen Holt
Jennifer Connelly Eleanor Abbott
Joanna Going Alice Abbott
Barbara Williams Joan Abbott

Technical Credits
Pat O'Connor Director
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Cummins Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Ken Hixon Screenwriter
Ron Howard Producer
Michael Kamen Songwriter
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Janet Meyers Producer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Vincent Agostino Asst. Director
Karen Kehela Executive Producer
William V. Ryder Art Director
Sue Miller Source Author

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [:35]
2. The End of My Innocence [1:45]
3. The Abbotts' Party [3:11]
4. Dad's Patent [2:32]
5. Eleanor [3:48]
6. Doug's Discovery [1:32]
7. Pam [2:34]
8. Re-Inventing Jacey [1:03]
9. A "Date" [2:43]
10. End of the Affair [:57]
11. Mom's Affair [2:01]
12. Pam's Party [5:39]
13. A Beer with Mom [1:50]
14. Graduation Day [3:18]
15. Battling Brothers [2:49]
16. Alice [3:03]
17. A Flat Tire [3:53]
18. A Day with Pam [2:20]
19. Illusions of Love [2:25]
20. The Truth about Lloyd [2:05]
21. The Past Catches Up [4:34]
22. It's Too Late [3:02]
23. Jacey's Girl [4:19]
24. A Sad Homecoming [2:55]
25. The Unfair Truth [5:59]
26. To Find Pam [1:42]
27. The Best Kind of Love [2:28]
28. End Titles [5:26]

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Inventing the Abbotts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PR_Gal More than 1 year ago
This movie is perfect. The writing is succinct and a model, I think, for screenwriters and other writers, too. It's completely entertaining, the performances spot on, and the story easily adaptable to contemporary times.  I think this is a great case study for screenplays and stories in general. It will remain on the top ten list of my favorite films.
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