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The Laws of Attraction
Laws of Attraction
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen,
Parker Posey, Frances Fisher, Nora Dunn

Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore star in this romantic comedy about two divorce lawyers.

With such great looking, good actors, I expected more heat to be generated between the two, as Brosnan displayed with Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. But, in this case we never quite believe they are crazy about each other.

Brosnan is Daniel Rafferty, a crumpled-looking, fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants lawyer and Moore is just the opposite. She’s uptight and by-the-book, so when the two meet we expect sparks, but we get a burnt out ember.

Neither of them have been married. Audrey (Moore) says the reason she’s single is that growing up she was overshadowed by her flirty, attractive mother (outrageously played by Francis Fisher) but, its hard to believe that someone as lovely as Moore could be overshadowed by anyone. She compensates by munching on Cheetos and Sno-Balls at stressful times which since she’s met Mr. Rafferty is all the time.

Its instant attraction for Daniel, but Audrey seems to need the crutch of alcohol to make him appealing to her, as both times they end up in bed, she’s fall-down drunk.

The two are finally thrown together when they take opposite sides in a rock star divorce, and when the case goes to court, instead of witty dialogue passing between them ala Spenser Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in the marvelous Adam’s Rib, the scene disintegrates into a screaming match.

It’s good to see the usually buttoned down Brosnan acting looser and the normally controlled and serious Moore playing a woman who is flustered. They do their jobs well, however we know much of the script fails when co-star Fisher comes off much more interesting than the stars do.

The Laws of Attraction

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