Inventing the Abbotts
Inventing the Abbotts ★★ 1997 (R)
Appealing cast populates this sleepy, bittersweet coming-of-age story set in small town Illinois in 1957. Alice (Going), Eleanor (Connelly) and Pamela (Tyler) are the lovely daughters of wealthy Lloyd Abbott (Patton) who's determined that they'll marry well despite the temptations offered by the two working-class Holt boys. Surly stud Jacey (Crudup) holds a grudge against Lloyd for possibly cheating his deceased father in a business deal and causing whispers about his schoolteacher mother Helen's (Baker) reputation, while sweet-natured younger brother Doug (Phoenix) has his romantic ideals fixed on Pamela, who loves him in return. Not memorable, but not a complete waste of time, either. Based on the story by Sue Miller. 110m/C VHS, DVD . Billy Crudup, Joaquin Rafael (Leaf) Phoenix, Liv-Tyler, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Connelly, Joanna Going, Barbara Williams; D: Pat O'Connor; W: Ken Hixon; C: Kenneth Macmillan; M: Michael Kamen.