The Lauren Bacall Blogathon – The Mirror has Two Faces (1996)


lauren-blogathonThis is the 2nd of 3 reviews that are part of the Lauren Bacall Blogathon being hosted by Crystal over at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

Thanks for letting me take part!

mirror has two faces“This thing that we call a wedding ceremony is really the final scene of the fairy tale. They never tell you what happens after. They never tell you that Cinderella drove the Prince crazy with her obsessive need to clean the castle, cause she missed her day job, right?” – Rose Morgan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Sep 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Two lonely University Professors start a relationship based solely on intellect and the question remains as to whether physical attraction can also blossom.

My Take on it – Being familiar with academic settings, I always enjoy seeing how the film industry perceives this field.

This is a typical rom-com where the difference is that the characters are both awkward university professors.

We know from the start what will happen by the end, but it matters little because it’s the journey not the destination that counts (especially in rom-coms)

The characters and their quirky habits are created very well and I can even confess that I know numerous professors who share some of these character’s weird idiosyncrasies and they are depicted here extremely well.

Lauren Bacall is great as Streisand’s mother.

The main problem that I have with this movie is the lack of any chemistry whatsoever between leads Jeff Bridges and Barbara Streisand, but because the story is fair, it didn’t bother me too much.

The theme sing by Bryan Adams and Streisand is great.

Watch it here:

Bottom Line – Surprisingly good rom-com despite Bridges and Streisand having so little chemistry with one another. Characters are created very well and are believable. Because of my familiarity with the academic setting, I enjoyed many of the jabs to the profession. Bacall is great as Streisand’s mother. Excellent theme song by Adams and Streisand. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dudley Moore was originally cast in the role that went to George Segal. He was fired by Barbra Streisand for not remembering his lines. These were the first symptoms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a brain disorder that would later kill Moore. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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