The Mirror Has Two Faces

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy

A leaden romantic comedy about an ugly duckling who turns herself into a silly goose, built around the overweening ego of star, director and producer Barbra Streisand. Plain-Jane Rose (Streisand), a brilliant professor of English, falls madly in love with mathematician Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges), who's convinced that sex ruins everything and wants to...read more

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A leaden romantic comedy about an ugly duckling who turns herself into a silly goose, built around the overweening ego of star, director and producer Barbra Streisand. Plain-Jane Rose (Streisand), a brilliant professor of English, falls madly in love with mathematician

Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges), who's convinced that sex ruins everything and wants to love Rose for her spirit and intellect. Their marriage of the minds, of course, is a disaster. The heartbroken Rose transforms herself from a purported frump into an impeccably coiffed Long Island matron d'un

certain age, the better to show them all that her bosoms are at least the equal of her brains. Leave aside the uncomfortable autobiographical undercurrent that makes this picture seem like filmmaking as therapy, and the fact that it's one of those fantasies about the ivory tower world

of higher education that suggest no one involved has a clue what really goes on in the groves of academe: Those are givens. Streisand the actress is actually quite funny when she relaxes and lets herself be the tart-tongued, tough cookie who clearly comes quite naturally to her, though the

spectacle of virtually all the film's secondary characters fawning over Rose and declaring her beautiful is a bit discomfiting. But Streisand the director has no sense of pacing or, more importantly, casting. This dim -- and very long -- fairy tale founders on its conspicuously mature players, who

are called upon to dither through the sort of ridiculously complicated tomfoolery that's cute only on the very, very young. Sister Mimi Rogers, dragon-lady mom Lauren Bacall, old flame Pierce Brosnan, best friend Brenda Vacarro and, of course, Streisand and Bridges, are all-too-obviously old

enough to know better. Their silly shenanigans are at best a bit sad, at worst rather grotesque.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A leaden romantic comedy about an ugly duckling who turns herself into a silly goose, built around the overweening ego of star, director and producer Barbra Streisand. Plain-Jane Rose (Streisand), a brilliant professor of English, falls madly in love with… (more)

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