Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1996. TriStar Pictures, A&M Films. Screenplay by Phoef Sutton, Lisa-Maria Radano, based on the novel I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich. Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy. Produced by Ross Canter, Oren Koules, Dale Pollock. Music by Patrick Doyle. Production Design by Evelyn Sakash. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas, William Fletcher.
Awkward comedy by Richard Benjamin (Mermaids) about a down-on-her-luck Ricki Lake accidentally trading places with a rich, married woman when they are both involved in a train accident along with the woman’s husband (Brendan Fraser). Mistaken for the other woman, the single and pregnant Lake is brought to her so-called husband’s home to live with her mother-in-law (a sparkling Shirley MacLaine) and her “husband’s” twin brother (also Fraser). Funny premise, but the jokes are flat and so is the script, one which calls for the two lead actresses to thoroughly embarrass themselves by accidentally breaking out into “On The Sunny Side of the Street” at an afternoon party.