First there was the Oscar Wilde play. Then there was the (1937), (1952), (1974), (1985), (1986), (1992), and now (2002) movie. Each version and adaptation brigs with it its own plusses and minuses.
The story takes place in the late 1800's London but it could be anyone any where. Jack Worthington an upstanding gentleman in the country leads an other life in the town as Ernest, his fictitious brother. Seems like he is not the only one with a clandestine life. Both men have a love life that hinges on being "Ernest." This story is more interested in relations and lack of and fortune and the lack of.
On a personal note I found this move quit enjoyable. At first I was curious as to how they would adapt the play and what the different actors would bring to the story. Soon I was just wrapped up in the fun.