LAWS OF ATTRACTION Add To My Top 10
A Heart of Gold
Release Date: April 30, 2004
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 135 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Producer: David T. Friendly, Marc Turtletaub, Beau St. Clair, Julie Durk, and David Bergstein EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Pierce Brosnan, Basil Iwanyk, Bob Yari, Mark Gordon, Mark Gill, Arthur Lappin, Elie Samaha, Toby Emmerich, Guy Stodel, and Oliver Hengst
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GENRE: Romantic Comedy
Audrey Woods, played by Julianne Moore, is a tough, frigid New York attorney who’s never lost a case. (She reminds me of some of the people I went to law school with and does a terrific job of capturing the legal mindset.) Her mother, Sara, has been in and out of many marriages and even more facelifts. She’s always urging Audrey to get into a relationship. As a divorce lawyer, Audrey doesn’t trust marriage or men.
The movie opens as she gets into a legal battle with a laidback devil-may-care new attorney in town named Daniel Rafferty, played wonderfully by Pierce Brosnan. Like Columbo, Daniel has the brilliance to see through to the crux of the issue and entraps and frustrates Audrey at every turn. When she goes to apologize to him for rifling through his office, they get drunk and have an affair. Daniel wants more. He wants a marriage. In fact, he believes that people should fight at least as hard, if not more so, for their marriage as hard as they do for a divorce. Eventually, in one case, they have to go to Ireland to check out a castle owned by a rock star feuding with his designer wife. They get inebriated and wake up the next morning married. Daniel wants the marriage to work. Audrey is still skittish. The fireworks that ensue are delightful.
Although the story of LAWS OF ATTRACTION is somewhat predictable, the writing is extremely witty and clever bringing out hearty laughs frequently throughout the story. Pierce Brosnan has a fine sense of comic timing, although, at heart, his character is sincere and wants to be moral. Although Julianne Moore does a good job, Pierce unfortunately overshadows her. A stronger ending also would have made the movie even better. Regrettably, there’s some foul language peppered throughout the movie, some clearly implied sexual activity, and discussions of sex in the divorce proceedings. Thus, LAWS OF ATTRACTION is not a family film, but it is a movie with a good heart and a good sense of humor.
LAWS OF ATTRACTION is somewhat predictable, but the writing is extremely witty, bringing out hearty laughs frequently. Pierce Brosnan has a fine sense of comic timing, although, at heart, his character is sincere and wants to be moral. A stronger ending would have made the movie better. Regrettably, some foul language occurs, as well as some clearly implied sexual activity and discussions of sex in court proceedings. LAWS OF ATTRACTION is not a family film, but it has a good heart and a good sense of humor.