Inventing the Abbotts

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Released 1997

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Director:
Pat O'Connor
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Inventing the Abbotts is a 1997 movie directed by Pat O’Connor, about two families in rural Illinois in the 1950s, Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix), and the beautiful daughters of their father’s former business partner, Llloyd Abbott (Will Patton), Alice (Joanna Going), Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly), and Pamela (Liv Tyler). The Holt brothers lost their father as a result of a bet he made with Lloyd Abbott, who ended up wealthy and successful, and because of a misunderstanding about the circumstances, Jacey vows to exact revenge on the Abbott family by seducing the three daughters. Doug, initially in awe of his brother’s lifestyle, eventually comes to realize that his brother’s way isn’t the only way, and falls in love with Pamela, who teaches him to appreciate and respect her, not just what she can offer him. Lloyd Abbott, the father of the girls, is frustrated by the magnetism between his daughters and the Holt brothers, and sends Eleanor away to a mental institute to keep her and Jacey apart. Family loyalties are tested in this poignant story of 1950s small town life and love.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    An emotionally powerful but extremely old-fashioned coming-of-age saga.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Best watched as a showcase for radiant young talent.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Inventing the Abbotts is pointless soap opera, anecdotal and superficial, mixing sibling rivalry, class conflict and tragic romantic entanglements in a style that mimics fictional ...

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    Drama

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    Love & Romance, Coming of Age