The Importance Of Being Earnest. Image shows from L to R: Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff (Rupert Everett), John 'Jack' Worthing (Colin Firth). Copyright: Fragile Films.

The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Third film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy of errors (the first being the classic 1952 version with Michael Redgrave and the second an American version made in 1992).

Algernon Moncrieff (Rupert Everett) has discovered that he has a secret in common with his friend Jack Worthing (Colin Firth) - they both use alter egos when in a tight spot. However, when Algernon decides to pose as Jack's alter ego - a brother Ernest from London - for a weekend in the country, he finds that Jack's ward Cecily (Reese Witherspoon) has developed an infatuation with the mysterious brother; and now she has finally met him.

Meanwhile, Algernon's cousin Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor) is also staying for the weekend and knows Jack as his alter ego. Gwendolen's mother, the stern Lady Bracknell (Judi Dench), has to be convinced to give her blessing to the blossoming romances.

First released: Monday 2nd May 2011

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