"An Ideal Husband"
Directed by Oliver Parker.
Written by Oliver Parker. Based on the play by Oscar Wilde.
Starring Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, and
Release Year: 1999
Review Date: 7/6/99
Hope that everyone had a sweaty, hot,
sweaty, and sweaty holiday weekend. Yesterday, to beat some of the
heat, I went to see another movie!!
Every so often I stray from the beaten path
and check out a movie with a bit more culture or taste. "An Ideal
Husband" stars Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, and
Julianne Moore in a turn-of-the-century romantic comedy about the
most eligible bachelor in London (Everett from "My Best Friend's
Wedding" and the upcoming "Inspector Gadget") and his mishaps with
finding a wife.
I thought it was pretty funny--I got into
the polite British humor that makes this PG-rated flick tick. And,
because it's polite, that means that, as "Libstick" Hiller pointed
out, "It's good clean family fun." This is that movie that you can
take grandma and grandpa to and not worry about offending anyone.
That doesn't mean that it is boring--that just means that none of
the characters talks to an oversize clitoris in the middle of a USO
concert (see past SMRs for reference).
The costumes and the sets are lavishly
designed, as any period piece should be. And, the acting is very
strong from all of the principals, with strong support from
Blanchett's on-screen husband and Everett's on-screen father. The
pace is very good and the movie runs at about 100 minutes--I didn't
keep checking my watch wondering what the hell was going on.
Weaknesses? Well, the subplot which drives
the movie early on, involving Blanchett's husband and a scandalous
business affair from years ago, took away from what I thought was
supposed to be the main story: Everett and his wife-hunting. But,
even that is resolved in a funny way at the end of the movie. And,
Julianne Moore's by-the-book-bitch character just didn't hit with
me. She was ruthless, but she softens up near the end, and that
didn't make sense to me.
But, overall, a great, easy-on-the-mind
movie for the summer.
Rating: $7.50 Show
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard