From the opening line of Laws of Attraction, you feel for leading lady Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore). As this top NYC divorce attorney researches a case, her mother gives her the stale, condescending advice, "If you made more of an effort, you actually might get a man." And moments later, just before going into the courtroom to argue said case, we see Audrey hiding in a ladies room stall snarfing a Sno Ball snack cake and giving herself a pep talk. What woman hasn't retreated to a public bathroom for a moment of self-solace before a stressful encounter? We appear to have the all the makings of a delightful chick flick here—a dysfunctional mother, a neurotic leading lady, a seemingly well-ordered life ever so in need of a little romance.

Pierce Brosnan as Daniel

Pierce Brosnan as Daniel

When Audrey steps into the courtroom, her soon-to-be-arch-nemesis Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) is asleep in the opposing counsel's chair. She sticks a pencil in his ear to wake him up (must be a litigator thing). While time-honored wisdom says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, for dashingly disheveled Daniel, apparently it's through his ear canal instead, because from that moment on, he relentlessly pursues his red-headed rival. The rest of the plot basically revolves around their cat-and-mouse antics, both romantically and professionally.

Though Brosnan and Moore spar winningly as she rebuffs his constant advances, I still don't buy the attraction. Why does Daniel like Audrey? While it could be argued as opposites attract—she's an uptight, play-by-the rules romance atheist, and he's an unmade bed of a man with unconventional courtroom antics and a closet belief in the power of love—Daniel barely has a chance to see Audrey's yin to his yang before he's mooning ...

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Laws of Attraction
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2½ Stars - Fair
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Directed By
Peter Howitt
Run Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Cast
Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen, Parker Posey
Theatre Release
April 30, 2004 by New Line Cinema
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