THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN
Release Date: August 11, 1995
Rating: Not yet rated by MPAA
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Director: Ed Burns
Producer: Dick Disher & Ed Burns
Writer: Ed Burns
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Quality: * * Acceptability: -2
RATING: Not yet rated by MPAA
RELEASE: August 11, 1995 (Limited Release)
TIME: 97 minutes
STARRING: Shari Albert, Maxine Bahns, Catherine Bolz, Connie Britton, & Edward Burns
DIRECTOR: Ed Burns
PRODUCER: Dick Disher & Ed Burns
WRITER: Ed Burns
DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Searchlight
CONTENT: (B, LLL, S, A, M) Christian Catholic worldview that is demeaned as much as upheld; 38 obscenities, 9 profanities, 10 vulgarities, & one major blasphemy; 2 acts of adultery & 1 act of promiscuity implied; and alcohol use & smoking
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Older teenagers & adults
SUMMARY: THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN are Barry, Patrick and Jack. After their cruel alcoholic father dies and their mother moves to Ireland to reunite with her long lost love, they use and misuse their Catholicism in New York City to deal with their love lives. Addressing themes of interfaith marriage, adultery, birth control, abortions and commitment, this frank and often times sobering drama has some interesting insights.
THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN are Barry (Burns), Patrick and Jack. After their cruel alcoholic father dies and their mother moves to Ireland to reunite with her long lost love, they use and misuse their Catholicism in New York City to deal with their own feeble love lives. Barry, a struggling screenwriter, vows to never fall in love and marry. Yet, he meets a girl named Audrey, and he instantly becomes attracted to her. Patrick, fresh out of college, gets an offer from his girlfriend's father for an apartment and a job. Yet, getting cold feet on "adulthood", he refuses the offer, looses his girlfriend and shines up to a former catholic girl with wanderlust. Jack celebrates his beautiful wifes 30th birthday. They seem to have the perfect marriage, yet the marriage bed stays cool, and Jack begins to heat up other beds.
THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN is a directorial debut from Ed Burns. Instead of celebrity fodder, he shapes an intimate character study of three complex and compelling brothers. Regrettably, the budget was low, and it shows in the film quality and art direction. Containing many obscenities and profanities, this film shows a Catholic family that upholds its faith as much as it demeans it. Addressing themes of interfaith marriage, adultery, birth control, abortion and commitment, this frank and often times sobering drama has some intersteing insights.