Release date17 May 2002 (2002-05-17) (US)
6 September 2002 (2002-09-06) (UK) Based onThe Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde WriterOscar Wilde (play), Oliver Parker (screenplay) Adapted fromThe Importance of Being Earnest CastRupert Everett (Algernon Moncrieff („Algy“)), Colin Firth (John Worthing („Jack“)), Reese Witherspoon (Cecily), Judi Dench (Lady Bracknell), Tom Wilkinson (Dr. Chasuble), Frances O'Connor (Gwendolen Fairfax) Similar moviesBruce Almighty, The Talented Mr. Ripley, 27 Dresses, Bridget Jones's Diary, Down to You, The Dreamers
TaglineEverybody Loves Ernest... But Nobody's Quite Sure Who He Really Is.
The importance of being earnest 2002 trailer
The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being Earnest. The original music score is composed by Charlie Mole. The film grossed about $8.4 million in North America.
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Rupert Everett as Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff
Colin Firth as John "Jack" Worthing/Ernest
Frances O'Connor as Gwendolen Fairfax
Reese Witherspoon as Cecily Cardew
Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell
Tom Wilkinson as Dr Chasuble
Anna Massey as Miss Prism
Edward Fox as Lane
Patrick Godfrey as Merriman
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film three out of four stars, saying the actors were well cast, and performed well.
On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, as of September 2012, the film holds a 58% approval rating, with the consensus "Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic play is breezy entertainment, helped by an impressive cast, but it also suffers from some peculiar directorial choices that ultimately dampen the film's impact."
Box office performance
The Importance of Being Earnest grossed $8,384,929 domestically and $8,906,041 internationally for a worldwide total of $17,290,970, making the film a moderate box office success based on its $15 million budget.
Awards and nominations
The film won the 2003 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists's Silver Ribbon award for Best Costume Design, the movie's costumes being designed by Maurizio Millenotti.
Reese Witherspoon was nominated for a Teen Choice Award (Choice Actress – Comedy) for her performance as Cecily.