Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore star in the moderately entertaining Laws of Attraction, a romantic comedy about two opposing divorce lawyers who end up in a relationship. The movie is funny enough, but it is quite clear that with the talent evolved it could have been a whole lot better.
Moore stars as attorney Audrey Woods, the best in New York City. Despite being successful from a business perspective, she is a lonely, slightly depressed woman whose best friend is her mother (Frances Fisher). She meets her match and possibly true love in the form of Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan), another divorce lawyer who has just moved to the city - and has never lost a case. As they battle it out in court, and as he infuriates her out of court with his sloppy and laid-back mannerisms, a strange attraction grows between them. And, when they get drunk and get married, things become a whole lot more complicated.
Laws of Attraction won't win any awards and it definitely isn't the funniest romantic comedy around, but it does have its charm, mainly thanks to Brosnan. While Moore's character runs around whining, complaining and acting like a stupid child, Brosnan is cool, collected and absolutely fun to watch. He is hilarious and very witty here, always with a comeback no matter what the situation. This is one of his most entertaining roles to date.
Fisher is also very entertaining as Moore's youth-obsessed mother.
The movie has a fairly unique idea, unless you count Intolerable Cruelty, 2003's dark (and ultimately bad) comedy about a divorce lawyer who falls in love with the wife of his client. Laws of Attraction is much more lighthearted, and, aside from the characters getting drunk and sleeping together and a few sexual overtones, it is pretty much family-friendly. Its jokes don't hit home all the time, but for the most part deserve a chuckle, and, as already mentioned, Brosnan is great. Moore's character pulls the film down at times, however, as I was continuously questioning how such a successful woman could be so annoying and weird otherwise.
The movie does struggle near the end as it goes into cliché romantic comedy mode, as the characters fight, break up and finally one of them has to go chasing the other to the airport. Laws of Attraction had the potential to break the mold and deliver something new (at least end the story in a courtroom), but instead, the climax takes place in an airport. How frickin' original.
Laws of Attraction breaks no boundaries and will easily be lost among the video shelves in a year's time, but it is fun enough to watch on a rainy Friday night - or in my case, a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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