High-powered divorce attorneys, Audrey Woods and Daniel Rafferty, 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. But soon they are pitted against each other on opposite sides of a nasty public divorce between famous clients, with the case centering upon an Irish castle that each future divorcee has their sites 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 man and wife. Maybe getting married first is the best way to fall in love.
Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan, charming and appealing as ever, do their best to keep this attempt at light-hearted Manhattan romance afloat. Unfortunately, the movie lacks the sparkle, sophistication and imagination that even a so-so episode of "Sex and the City" might muster. The two stars play dueling divorce lawyers who fall in and out of love with a remarkable lack of conviction. Frances Fisher, as Ms. Moore's youth-obsessed mother, is the only person in the movie with any moxie, which only serves to emphasize how timid and soft the whole affair is. — A. O. Scott
2004-04-30 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Laws of Attraction