The Stepford Wives.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore. Directed by Peter Howitt.
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So, they still do make them as they used to.This romantic comedy is like the old days of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, the kind of film they might have made today if they were still with us but had looked more handsome and glamorous. It's the battle of the sexes - in the courts.

Julianne Moore is a very adept actress. She can do very serious (The Hours, Far from Heaven) and she do daffy comedy (Evolution). This time she needs to do a bit of both. She is a very successful divorce lawyer who is pitted against a scruffy looking attorney (Pierce Brosnan being un-James Bondish) who turns out never to have lost a case. No, need to go further.

You know exactly what is going to happen, except that some of it takes place in beautiful Irish settings (because Pierce Brosnan's company produced it and he is doing more than his bit for Ireland).

Parkey Posey and Michael Sheen co-star as a feuding couple, but the scene-stealer is Frances Fisher, very glamorous, very face-lifted but self-conscious of the use of the word 'Mother' in public. You will enjoy her retort when asked whether she is 56, "parts of me are". Entertainingly glossy fluff.

Fr Peter Malone MSC is the International President of SIGNIS: the World Association for Catholic Communications and an Associate of the Australian Catholic Film Office.

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