‘An Ideal Husband’ (1999)

August 7, 2015 Rissi JC 12 Comments

Hey, readers. Tonight I want to share a new review. This one isn’t in our archives here, but I have all the details of where you can read my latest review, An Ideal Husband. Why did I decide to share this external review? Well, because it’s an amazingly fun and romantic costume drama. And from past experience, we all know, costume dramas are favorites among us.

If you’re unfamiliar with the name or the story, it’s an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play. The 1999 film stars Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver and Rupert Everett. (Also, Everett will, by the way, will join the third season of The Musketeers next year.) Made during Miramax’s “frenzy” of costume dramas (Jane Eyre, Emma, Mansfield Park, etc.), this is actually, to this day, one of my personal favorites.

I had the chance to review An Ideal Husband for Silver Petticoat. Of course, the opportunity to promote this “classic” a bit was smashing. More recently, my mom and I decided to re-watch this for the first time in at least five years. The discovery I made is it’s just as much of a sassy delight the fifth time I’ve seen it as it was that very first viewing…

Whether you’re considering watching it for the first time or this reminds you to re-discover it, I invite to find out why you might enjoy An Ideal Husband. (Review snippet + link is below.)

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You can find An Ideal Husband digitally on Amazon Video

An Ideal Husband – A Sassy Story about Blackmail… and Romance

This 1999 comedy is inspired by one of Oscar Wilde’s plays and gives us a carefree good time if nothing else. As a teen, this was one of the films I’d watched all the time, but it was only recently that I finally saw it again after a handful of years without reliving it. Because of its relevant wit, talented cast and brilliant story, this film only grows stronger with time. It may not be an “important” movie with significant vignettes for life’s journey, but it’s beyond just a “good time.” Read the review in full →

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • alyssa zech August 7, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    I hadn't heard of this movie previously! But that cast sounds epic together! I am going to see if I can get it from the library soon

    • Rissi August 7, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      If you can see it, I wish you happy watching, Alyssa. The cast IS amazing, and the story is lots of fun. :)

  • Sarah August 7, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Oh I love this movie! It's one of our favorite period dramas that we watch on rotation with all the other greats. :D

    I tagged you on my blog!

    • Rissi August 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      As do I, Sarah. It's one of my "classic" costume dramas that never seems to grow old. :)

      Thank you so much; I'll be by to check out that tag. :)

  • Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" August 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Oh, it's been years since I've seen this one, too! I'm trying to recall all the fascinating plot twists and entanglements!!! I'll just have to pull out my DVD and watch it again!

    How sweet of you to share a review on Silver Petticoat's site. I'm off there now to read it!

    Blessings! Net

    • Rissi August 11, 2015 at 3:16 AM

      It's such a fabulous film, Net. So many entertaining shenanigans and the cast… amazing! My mom and I re-watched it for this review, and I was reminded again how delightful it is.

      Silver Petticoat is a wonderful site. It was definitely a good find and I cannot wait to see how it grows in the near future. :) Thanks – as always, for visiting.

  • Heather August 10, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Oh, I love a good classic! I'm surprised I haven't heard of this one. Sounds delightful. :)

    • Rissi August 11, 2015 at 3:16 AM

      It's wonderful, Heather. Not a "technical" classic, but in my mind… it fits! ;)

  • Kara August 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    This one is definitely a classic! Whether whoever decides what gets categorized as a classic would agree or not, I love it too much for it to be anything but! ;D

    • Rissi August 17, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      Right on, Kara. That's what I same. I'm calling it a classic in my repertoire of favorites. ;)

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