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The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 PG-13 CC

(419) IMDb 6.4/10
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Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges star as two college professors who marry for convenience after giving up on romance.

Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Barbra Streisand
Starring Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges
Supporting actors Lauren Bacall, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Pierce Brosnan, Brenda Vaccaro, Austin Pendleton, Elle Macpherson, Ali Marsh, Leslie Stefanson, Taina Elg, Lucy Avery Brooks, Amber Smith, David Kinzie, Howard S. Herman, Thomas Hartman, Trevor Ristow, Brian Schwary, Jill Kushner
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on April 8, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Streisand's third directorial effort was greeted with surprisingly vicious reaction from both fans and critics, nearly all of whom immediately labeled it as an over-the-top vanity piece. It also had considerable difficulty at the box office. After opening with strong numbers, the $45 million budgeted film took a nose dive and did not recover. It ended up taking in $46 million domestically ($65 million worldwide), which was a respectable take, but far from the blockbuster status of films like A STAR IS BORN or THE PRINCE OF TIDES. When considering all of the above information, it's a bit surprising to discover that the film is nothing more than an entertaining and heart-felt romantic comedy. In hindsight, it's hard to understand why a such a harmless and light-weight film became such a lighting rod for scathing reviews and harsh comments.
While the storyline is predictable, the movie is actually very well-done with a brisk pace, compelling characters, and a witty screenplay. The finale may come down a bit heavy-handed on the "message" end, but the build-up is effective enough to merit this indulgence. Though MIRROR doesn't match her previous two directorial efforts, Streisand does once again pull off the various actress/producer/director roles with great efficiently, and this results in an effective star vehicle for the then-54-year-old film legend. Jeff Bridges received a lot of flack for his completely unselfconscious portrayal, but I admire how completely he throws himself into the silly role. Lauren Bacall is brilliantly biting and luminous in her turn as Streisand's mother, a role that earned her first (and so far only) Oscar nomination. Mimi Rogers is also fun as Streisand's (...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2003
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film and felt it was DEFINITELY not your regular cliched story of an ugly duckling transformation to pretty girl variety, nor should it be relegated to that category. It had several more layers to it than that, and people accustomed to watching a heartfelt, quality film would recognize that. In fact, I think the editorial viewer for this site who called it "self-absorbed" on Streisand's part, must have been watching another movie when he stated:
"Her character constantly gazes upon her own reflection and is told at least a dozen times, one way or another, just how attractive she is. One wants to shout out, we get it already--you're pretty!"
What was he talking about? The entire film had her mother and sister nagging her about her sloppy and ugly appearance and constantly telling her how unattractive she was! And the reason she was constantly gazing at the mirror at her face was because she was critiquing it! She was critical of her own appearance, because she didn't feel attractive. She was by no means gazing at her reflection out of vanity! That much was definitely clear to anybody who actually paid attention to the film. And by the way, in case anybody has skipped the title, it's called "The Mirror Has Two Faces", which explains the metaphor of her constantly looking in the mirror, and mirrors constantly being shown throughout the film even when she's not gazing into them, to demonsrate the symoblism of the film's title. The mirrors were certainly not there to demonstrate how beautiful Barbra Streisand was! On the contrary, it was pointing out that she was NOT the conventional beautiful woman (in contrast to Elle Macpherson's character).
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Tarrani on July 23, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Barbra Streisand is not dowdy, yet her perfection in assuming the role as a lonely, middle-aged woman (Rose) is flawless. Rose is an excellent and popular college teacher. She knows how to teach, the way to involve and enchant a rowdy class, and she would rather watch baseball than go on another "dead end" date.

Jeff Bridges (Greg) is the handsome, yet exceedingly boring teacher. Most of the students in his math classes sleep, pass notes, chat. He is a lonely man, but all of his interpersonal relationships end as the woman moves on. He believes it is because he chooses stunning woman and then becomes intimate. He decides to find a perfect mate, and the main criterion is that she be ugly. His campaign begins with an advertisement. Claire is Rose?s sister, and she responds to the ad as if she were Rose.

Rose lives with her mother Hanna Morgan, played by Lauren Bacall, who did receive an Oscar nomination for the role of a selfish, self-absorbed, snob. Hanna has kept Rose under her thumb and in her house, and always plays the "What will I do if...?" or "Would you really leave me?" card. Her performance is extraordinary because she undermined Rose to keep her taking care of mommy dearest, but it is subtle.

Streisand directed this film, and though it may appear to be a showcase for her many talents, there is a strong message. Do not settle. Never accept the belief that you are ugly, even though your Mom and others tell you, as they did her all of her life. You can always become the person you want to be.

Rose and Greg date and eventually marry, but the terms are no amorous encounters. For example on their wedding night, they watch TV and they sleep in twin beds.
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