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Ed Burns' follow-up to The Brothers McMullen(1995) again works the territory of the romantic dilemmas of Irish-American brothers, but without the charm or credibility of his previous film. Burns and Francis McGlone play the brothers, respectively, a cab-driver and a stock-broker. The director throws them into a story full of improbable situations and characters, and artificially cranks up the hostility level. It's typical of Burns' world that, although both brothers are either married to, engaged to, or involved with apparently fabulous women, they seem to prefer fighting with each other to paying attention to them. John Mahoney as, their self-absorbed, trouble-making father appears to be at the root of the problems. As usual Burns comes up with some very funny one-liners which still sound true to life, but sadly, the same can't be said for the film as a whole. Burns himself is sharp and charismatic here, sometimes reminiscent of a young James Caan, and the overly intense Frances McGlone complements him perfectly. Mahoney is also completely convincing as the kind of character who many from the New York and Boston area, and possibly elsewhere, will recognize instantly. Maxine Bahns, who has the best of the three badly-written women's parts is a non-actress, Cameron Diaz is saddled with an unbelievable role, and Jennifer Aniston is forced to make the best of her one-note part. Michael Costello, All Movie Guide