Another of Oscar Wilde's social satires, 'An Ideal Husband' revolves around the lives of two men, successful political figure Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam) and his friend the uninspired but utterly charming Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett). Chiltern's life is perfect thanks to the help of his loving and brilliant wife Gerturde (Cate Blanchett) and the support of his quick witted sister Mabel (Minnie Driver). Goring's life is one of lounging, flirting with Mabel, and avoiding his father's instance that he should marry. The world of these men is turned upside down by the arrival of old acquaintance Mrs. Laura Cheveley (Julianne Moore) who has come with blackmail in mind. Chiltern could lose everything including Gertrude. It is up to his wife and Goring to confront this dilemma, but it could risk Goring's chances to finally win over Mabel. As the comments and lies begin to fly about, it's revealed that the man thought to be perfect is flawed, the man with all the flaws must do something right, and the question remains: what makes an ideal husband?
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