The Brothers McMullen is one of the freshest, funniest, and most engaging films of the year.

The eldest brother, Jack (Jack Mulcahy), is a high school coach who lives on Long Island with his wife Molly (Connie Britton), an English teacher. Under pressure to start a family, he must decide whether or not to commit adultery with Ann (Elizabeth P. McKay) who is a no-strings-attached hedonist.

Barry (Edward Burns), a writer, finds his love-them-and-leave-them tactic with women put in jeopardy when he falls under the spell of Audrey (Maxine Bahns).

And Patrick (Mike McGlone), fresh out of college, wonders whether he really wants to marry his fiance (Shari Albert) after meeting an old classmate (Jennifer Jostyn) who's heading out to California.

These three brothers honestly wrestle with the burdens imposed upon them by their Irish Catholic background and family warps.

Writer and director Edward Burns draws the siblings into close contact as they struggle with the rigors of intimacy, sexuality, commitment, loyalty, and marital love. The Brothers McMullen is a winning work by a gifted young writer and director.