The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague.


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  • Jeff Bridges and Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • Jeff Bridges and Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

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6 April 2004 | VirginiaK_NYC
Good exercise of star's prerogative
I think I put this on my Netflix list because I was in a Jeff Bridges mood - anyhow it arrived in the mail and I was happy to watch it. My main reaction: this is a great illustration of how much fun it must be to be able to make yourself just the movie you want to.

In this movie, Barbra Streisand is able to do the following: be a super-smart but plain-looking woman professor who is loved by her students; as this character, and against her expectations, get herself a man who's both hunky and brilliant (Jeff Bridges); go through an ugly duckling-swan transformation; and have Lauren Bacall for her mother (though the mother is pretty toxic until fairly far along).

Pretty satisfying if you're looking for a feel-good story with a bit of a feminist spin. I wish however that someone had asked me for my opinion about the makeover, the body and dress were fine (from shapeless to fit & foxy), but oh, that hair!!! Why not really splashy blonde, or leave it alone, instead of that too-silvery highlighted frizz? And why no red lipstick? Lauren Bacall was right, she needed more color.

The bit of psychologizing between Barbra & Mom was effective as far as I was concerned, and I like seeing the potential it released in our Barbra. Overall - a B+ chickflick, a good resource if you can't watch any more Hugh Grant or Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan stories & need a nice sniffle.

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