Laws of Attraction – Battle of the Sexes in an Irish Romance

March 16, 2019 rissiwri 2 Comments
Laws of Attraction

Laws of Attraction – Battle of the Sexes in an Irish Romance

March 16, 2019 Rissi JC 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I saw this romantic-comedy around the same time as the near mirror replica Intolerable Cruelty (Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney). While it’s “fun,” Laws of Attraction edges it out with comedy that’s better, and more heart.

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Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) is a top tier divorce lawyer; her impeccable record speaks for itself, and brings in a steady clientele. On the case she’s currently litigating, she’s in a place she isn’t normally in: up against new opposing counsel. Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Bronson) is back in New York after a brief move to the West coast. He’s heard good things about Audrey, and despite that his appearance might suggest otherwise, he’s just as competitive and determined to win as she is

When both lawyers must take a trip to Ireland, the one thing the pair doesn’t expect is to return home married… to each other. A quiet divorce seems to be their only option, until it no longer is.Now they’re forced to co-exist as a married couple, all while trying not to let their personal lives mix with their often opposing professional lives.

Something about this story, even with the clichés, is a “magical” experience. This general idea isn’t new; nonetheless this particular title is one of the best. Thanks to this is, in large part, due to its stars. Bronson and Moore sparkle on screen. Their mature would-be lovers trope plays very well on screen. It’s almost as if this gives the popular boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-argue, boy-and-girl-fall-in-love a fresh, lovable approach. Audrey’s mother is also a hilarious supporting character.

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Laws of Attraction

As I said before, the chemistry between these two is immediate. It’s hilarious to watch as the opposites-attract scenario unfold; Audrey sees their banter as something to despise, and Daniel is actually attracted to her. Above all Laws of Attraction is tons of fun that leads to genuine laughs, funny antics, and heart-stopping (romantic-comedy) emotional declarations. Julianne Moore proves she can hold her own while doing some physical comedy (plus her character quirks make her more endearing); and it’s great to see Pierce Bronson play a romantic lead rather than a character that’s morally ambiguous.

Flaws and all, something that is sure to accompany any story, this romantic-comedy is a charming example of cinema. The primary setting (Ireland) is gorgeous, and the witty banter makes the script pop with all kinds of swoon inspired scenes. Next time you’re on the lookout for a new (or to re-watch!) romance, Laws of Attraction is a memorable way to spend two hours.

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CONTENT: There’s implications married and unmarried couples spend the nights together; some removal of clothing, morning after shots, etc. There’s plenty of sexual dialogue and other crude scenes/gestures.  Crude references to male anatomy is used a handful of times; there’s plenty of commonplace profanity. The movie is PG13.

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  • Brittaney B. March 17, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you did a full review of this movie. I’ve been wanting to watch it again for a while. It’s one of my favorites. Brosnan and Moore make a great pairing and I love the opposites attract theme. I also find the divorcing couple rather funny!

  • Tracy @ Cornerfolds March 18, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I somehow think I missed this one as a teenager, which is shocking. Maybe I wasn’t allowed to watch it? XD This does sound wonderful and I LOVE Julianne Moore! Maybe I’ll have to give this a try.

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