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"The Mirror Has Two Faces"

by Leslie Rigoulot

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Nov. 13, 1996

The saddest thing I have read recently is a note from Audrey Hepburn to costume designer Cecil Beaton during the filming of "My Fair Lady". It reads: 'Dearest C.B., Ever since I can remember I have always so badly wanted to be beautiful... for a short time, at least, I am because of you.' Although one of the most beautiful women of our time, Audrey Hepburn did not see herself as beautiful. Maybe she could have seen herself a little differently after seeing "The Mirror Has Two Faces" - or at least she would have had a good laugh. Beauty, sex and all the myths that louse up relationships are the basis of Barbra Streisand's latest creation. Most of the movie is just outrageously funny. Jeff Bridges is a math genius who wants a new equation: marriage - sex + friendship = happiness. As a fellow professor, Streisand is an ugly duckling looking for whatever she can get. There are those of us old enough to remember when Streisand was indeed the ugly duckling, the beautiful voice and the unusual nose. She helped us to redefine beauty in real life and she is doing it again on screen. With Mimi Rogers as her sister and Lauren Bacall as Mom, Streisand's professor has a difficult time measuring up to their standards of beauty. And it is the exchanges between the three women that stand out as the highlights of the film. The pivotal scene between Bacall and Streisand is life-altering for the professor. "Mirror" is the kind of romantic comedy that makes a great date movie, a great 'girls night out' movie, a great 'let's get a sitter' movie and a just flat out great movie.

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