Future Hollywood stars Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup and Liv Tyler starred alongside Jennifer Connelly in the 1997 romance drama “Inventing the Abbotts.” The film centers on three sisters living in a small town in the Midwest in the 1950s: Alice, Eleanor and Pam Abbott, played by Joanna Going, Connelly and Tyler. Daughters of the wealthy tycoon Lloyd Abbott, they are pursued by a pair of brothers, JC and Doug Holt (Crudup and Phoenix). Pig JC, whose father was conned by Lloyd, sees the three young women as a chance for revenge, hoping to bed them one by one and break their hearts.
JC’s treatment of promiscuous Eleanor quickly gets her fired, and his courtship with married Alice ruins a family. But the kinder, gentler Doug, who admires his older brother for his brashness and success with women, begins to develop real feelings for the soft-hearted Pam, the younger and somewhat more naive Abbott.
Describing the film as an “emotionally powerful but extremely old-fashioned coming-of-age saga”, The opinion of the variety also praised the film’s young and talented cast, giving Crudup, Phoenix, Tyler and Connelly full marks for their sensitive and moving performances.