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.