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Inventing the Abbotts

HD   R Closed Captioning

Pat O'Connor

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About the Movie

Forbidden love and impossible dreams intertwine when the handsome working-class Holt brothers are drawn to the beautiful and wealthy Abbott sisters. Sparks fly, passions flare, and family loyalties are suddenly torn and tested against a small town backdrop of social boundaries and dark secrets. Starring an all-star cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Liv Tyler and Jennifer Connelly, Inventing the Abbotts re-invents the trials and triumphs of coming of age in a time of innocence that was anything but.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Would be a lot more fun were it a trashy Troy Donahue-Diane McBain vehicle ground out by Warner Bros. in 1960. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Cast of newcomers is appealing, but this small-town melodrama is so old-fashioned and out-of-touch with contemporary youth that it feels as if it were made the same time that its story is set, in 1957. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie

This was a great movie!

don't believe the reviews-this movie is adorable!

I seriously can't believe how low people are scoring this movie. It's a perfect romance with serious family issues, societal concerns and believable characters. Most importantly-I could actually respect the characters in real life, even after the mistakes they make. It's not tawdry, it's not cheesy, it's not stupid.

This is a good movie with a great storyline and an excellent cast. I've watched it over and over and over. It's wrapped itself around my heart. Don't miss out! It'll leave you feeling like you want to find that special someone or appreciating them more if you already have!

Inventing The Abbotts

Overall a good film. How do we see ourselves, does it fall in line with what our family name means to us. How do our aspirations, our wants and desires frame us? A very good movie.

Inventing the Abbotts
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1997

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