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98 minutes

The Importance of Being Earnest
Oliver Parker's version of the Wilde classic with Colin Firth, Rupert Everett and Dame Judi on fine form.

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Jack has two identities. In the country, he is the well-meaning guardian of Cecily. In town, where he goes under the name of Ernest, he is the friend of Algy and an utter scoundrel. But when he proposes to Gwendolen, her mother asks him for his true credentials.

The pedigree is hard enough to live up to, but unnecessary additions to the original concept detract from Wilde's text. Beautiful to look at, but less fun than it should be.

Reviewed by Emma Cochrane

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