Laws of Attraction

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Laws of Attraction
Laws of attraction poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Howitt
Produced by David Bergstein
Julie Durk
David T. Friendly
Executive:
Pierce Brosnan
Toby Emmerich
Mark Gordon
Elie Samaha
Bob Yari
Screenplay by Robert Harling
Aline Brosh McKenna
Story by Aline Brosh McKenna
Starring Pierce Brosnan
Julianne Moore
Parker Posey
Michael Sheen
Frances Fisher
Nora Dunn
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Edited by Tony Lawson
Production
company
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • 4 April 2004 (2004-04-04) (Phoenix)
  • 30 April 2004 (2004-04-30) (US)
  • 7 May 2004 (2004-05-07) (Ireland/UK)
  • 7 June 2005 (2005-06-07) (Germany)
Running time 90 minutes[1]
Country Ireland
United Kingdom
Germany
Language English
Budget $32 million[2]
Box office $30,016,165[2]

Laws of Attraction is a 2004 Irish-British-German romantic comedy film directed by Peter Howitt based on a story by Aline Brosh McKenna and screenplay by Robert Harling and McKenna. It stars Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. It has grossed $30 million, on a budget of $32 million.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

High-powered divorce attorneys Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) and Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) have seen love gone wrong in all its worst-case scenarios—so, how bad could their chances be? At the top of their respective games, Audrey and Daniel are a classic study in opposites. She practices law strictly by the book; he always manages to win by the seat of his pants or by "cheap theatrics" as Audrey says in one scene. But soon they are pitted against each other on opposite sides of a nasty public divorce between famous clients, the Jamison's (Michael Sheen and Parker Posey), with the case centring upon an Irish castle, named Caisleán Cloiche or rock Castle, that each future divorcee has their sights set on. Audrey and Daniel travel to Ireland to chase down depositions, yet the two lawyers, who have been slowly developing a mutual attraction that neither wants to acknowledge, find themselves thrown together at a romantic Irish festival. After a night of wild celebrating, they wake up the next morning as husband and wife. Audrey is shocked but Daniel acts normally.

They return to New York and find their marriage news has been printed in a popular tabloid the next day. This is when Audrey decides that they should stay together to save their careers. But they are fighting the divorce case with the gusto they always had in the courtroom. Meanwhile they both start developing mutual attraction while staying together at Audrey's house. While disposing of garbage one day Daniel discovers some sensitive information about Audrey's client, which he spills accidentally in the next day's court proceedings. Audrey feels betrayed and asks for a divorce there and then, which Daniel agrees to give.

Their famous clients, meanwhile, go to Ireland to their castle, but they are not legally permitted to go there. Judge Abramovitz (Nora Dunn) sends their respective counselors (Audrey and Daniel) to Ireland to inform them that the law does not permit them to be in the castle till a proper settlement, i.e. division of assets, is done.

But to everybody's surprise the famous couple is reunited and it turns out that the priest who performed Audrey and Daniel's marriage was just a servant at the castle and not a priest, and the marriages he performed were just a part of the festival's celebration. They were anything but real.

Audrey and Daniel are shocked and Daniel returns to New York but Audrey follows him as she realises that she has fallen in love with him. They have a court marriage at the end which is carried out by Judge Abramovitz.

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Reception[edit]

Laws of Attraction received generally negative reviews from critics, as it holds an 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes where the site calls the film "a bland and forgettable copy of Adam's Rib."[3] On Metacritic, the film holds a 38/100 rating, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[4]

The film opened at No. 5 in the US box office in the weekend of 30 April 2004, raking in US$6,728,905 in its first opening weekend.[5]

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