No, You’re Crying Blogathon – Beaches (1988)


This is the first of three entries in Debra’s No, You’re Crying Blogathon being held over at Moon in Gemini.

Thanks for letting me participate Debra!

“I was jealous. I was so jealous of you I couldn’t see straight! You did everything you said you were going to do, everything! And your talent, this incredible talent! I can’t even yodel! ” – Hilary

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 10 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two young girls meet by chance and we follow their decades long friendship.

My Take on it – This film is usually very high on most people’s lists when thinking of a sad chick flick.

The problem with categorizing the film this way is that they seem to forget the rest of the story which is told so well that we easily believe the strong bond of friendship between the characters portrayed by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

Their chemistry is superbly felt flying from the screen and it is so simple to believe that we know people just like them.

The film is paced perfectly and despite the fact that we get to view so many episodes of their 30 year friendship, we never feel that something was missing or drawn out too long in the 2 hour runtime.

The friendship between these women is extremely emotionally charged and it is emphasized by the music chosen for this film.

The musical score is quite emotional but the theme song sung by Midler herself is amazing to listen to.

If you’ve never heard the song Wind Beneath My Wings, check it out here:

This is a film that I challenge anyone to try NOT to cry after watching it.

Do you think you can????

Bottom Line – Midler and Hershey are amazing together in these lead roles and we get to cherish all of the ups and downs of their friendship over the years. The characters feel so real that we can all easily imagine knowing people just like them. The fact that 30 years are shown over the period of just two hours is paced just right so that we don’t feel as if we are missing essential episodes of their lives and the ones we see don’t feel dragged out too much. Their friendship is such an emotionally charged one and the music of the film helps give us an even more emotional connection to the story and its characters.  The theme song sung by Midler is superb. Try NOT to cry after watching this..  I dare you!  Highly Recommended!!!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lainie Kazan didn’t want to play C.C Bloom’s mother, but after finding out Midler was in the film, she said yes in order to work with her. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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7 thoughts on “No, You’re Crying Blogathon – Beaches (1988)

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  3. This is the second blogathon I’ve hosted in a row that someone reviewed this film and I still haven’t seen it! I need to get on that! 🙂

    Thanks so much for your contribution. I think you’ve convinced me to watch it.

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