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Lots of fun. A totally enjoyable screwball remake with a solid performance from Brooks and a perfect performance from Bancroft. Ends right as the shenanigans are about to get annoying. Wish we had big swing comedies like this still, but then I guess Jojo Rabbit was an attempt at that but that’s a piece of shit, so....
Solid. Walters is really excellent here and sells this somewhat muddled story of self-actualization. Rita’s journey is really compelling and still feels pretty current considering we should have progressed a bit more culturally in 40 years.
That said, this is really solid for what’s essentially an update of the basic Born Yesterday plot. There’s a thread of romance here that works because of how restrained and roundabout it is and it helps hat Caine mostly keeps his character from feeling like…
What did Barbra Streisand do? THAT.
This is a treatise on the way women internalize and contend with the value placed on female beauty–and how damaging that can be–disguised as a rom-com. I had doubts after the makeover, but what follows interrogates the idea of what getting thin and wearing more make-up is supposed to represent and the unacknowledged problems that focusing on one concept of improvement can become.
Bridges’s character should be unbearable, but he’s an idea/plot device more…
This is poorly paced, but at least this isn't ant-city, anti-woman with a job she cares about and the romance doesn't initially start as antagonistic.
More importantly, it establishes a Netflix shared Christmas Romance Universe.