The Importance of Being Earnest

2002 PG 1h 37m DVD

The Importance of Being Earnest

2002 PG 1h 37m DVD
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In this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's witty play about mistaken identities, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth star as two proper gentlemen in 1890s London who use the same pseudonym with disastrous results.
Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey, Edward Fox, Patrick Godfrey, Charles Kay
Oliver Parker
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this cinematic interpretation of Oscar Wilde's delightful period novel is enjoyable, indeed, and contains little content of concern. There's plenty of deception and lying, all played for laughs, and some social drinking and smoking, but for the most part the film is fine for young teens and up.

Sexual Content

Courtship and flirting. Some tender kissing.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Social Behavior

While true love conquers all, the characters in this witty period drama think that lying is an acceptable way to win their beloved's heart, or avoid their creditors. Some of the people seem more interested in a suitor's bank balance than his character.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Period-appropriate social drinking and smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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