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Inventing the Abbotts

Year: 1997
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Pat O'Connor
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, Will Patton, Joanna Going, Allesandro Nivola
A Wonder Years-style rumination on growing up and adolescence in the innocent 50's, with a point or theme that's not entirely clear.

Brothers Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup are enamoured with the Abbott family with their four beautiful daughters to live next door.

As each brother falls for and embarks on an affair with each sister in turn, the younger always feels in the elder's shadow, and all the while the internal stresses of the Abbott family threaten to break them apart, several of the girls going off the rails.

Worth seeing for Jennifer Connelly's smouldering Eleanor but little else, and that's an uncredited Michael Keaton as the grown up voiceover.

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