Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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That Old Feeling

BBBB (out of 5) The first film Bette Midler produced through her company All Girl Productions since For The Boys is this hilarious comedy, in which she and Dennis Farina are fantastic as bickering ex-spouses who reunite during their daughter’s wedding and end up running away together. Paula Marshall is the exasperated daughter and bride who bumbles around…

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Overboard

B (out of 5) One of Goldie Hawn‘s worst comedies is this utterly charmless piece of trash co-starring real-life partner Kurt Russell. She plays a millionaire’s wife with an attitude problem who falls off her expensive yacht and loses her memory. Acting on a silly impulse, widowed handyman Russell convinces her that she’s his wife…

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world…

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The Next Best Thing

BB (out of 5) I am the biggest Madonna fan in the entire world but even I can find very little to like in this bad comedy-drama, about a single woman who has a child with her gay best friend (Rupert Everett). While Madonna is far more relaxed and charming than she’s ever been in a…

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Outrageous Fortune

BBBB (out of 5) Two fantastic lead performances plus a clever screenplay by Leslie Dixon make this an outrageously fun comedy to watch. Shelley Long is marvelous as an aspiring actress who falls in love with a costume shop retailer (Peter Coyote) only to witness him die in a bombing. Another student in her acting class…

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

BBBBB (out of 5) Superior remake of Norman Jewison’s 1968 cheesefest, notable for featuring the female performance of the year from its star Rene Russo: displaying strength, vulnerability and everything in between, her Catherine Banning is a fascinating and infectiously desirable lady. Pierce Brosnan stars and co-produces as multimillionaire Thomas Crown, a man who steals…

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Mrs. Doubtfire

BBB.5 (out of 5) After a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Sally Field, Robin Williams is so scared of losing time with his three children that he decides to thwart her plan to hire a housekeeper to keep guard of them during the hours that she works.  He answers Field’s ad for a daytime housekeeper and dresses…

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