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All-time Favorite Feel-good Movie!,
This review is from: Corrina Corrina [VHS] (VHS Tape)This little gem from 1994 is one of the best smile-inducing films I've ever seen. Ray Liotta's turn as an ad man circa 1950s is tender. Whoopi's appearance kicks it up a notch as she brings some spice into the lives of widowed Manny Singer and his daughter, Molly.
I've watched this movie so many times, I've memorized dialogue and gestures. It's part of my own video library. Watching Corrina, Corrina always guarantees I'll be smiling and feeling lighthearted by the time the final credits roll. The music is superb (I bought the soundtrack) and always gets me singing and popping my fingers.
Some of my favorite moments are when Whoopi steps off the bus and grinds out her cigarette with her pointy-toed shoe; the scene at the drive-in diner with Patrica Darbo (love her accent); the magic stoplights; Lois and "Queen for a Day"; the beautiful scene where Corrina and Molly are listening to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Manny is looking out over the city; when Corrina and Percy stick their tongues out at each other; when Corrina dangles a chandelier piece from her ear and tells Molly "No we can't; we simply can't"; when Manny mistakenly calls Corrina Molly's mother; when Manny wins the Bromide account but Jenny spoils the moment; when Molly calls Corrina and the dog is between Corrina and Anthony; when Manny puts his arm around Corrina while Molly's flying the kite; when Manny and Corrina kiss while dancing; when Manny kisses Corrina outside her sister's house.
Okay, so I liked ALL the moments! Anyway, one final tidbit. When TNN first showed the movie, they interviewed Jessie Nelson, the writer, director, and producer (I think). She said that the story was based on her life. Her widowed father hired a black housekeeper, and young Jessie wished they would get married and the housekeeper would be her new mom.
I wish the romantic storyline had been more developed; but what little was there was done beautifully and tenderly by Liotta and Goldberg. I read somewhere that Whoopi really wanted to play the love interest for Liotta and advised Nelson not to hire a Halle Berry-type (read beautiful black woman). Her reason was because she wanted to show that someone as handsome as Liotta could really fall for a woman who society may not think of as externally beautiful but who is exceptionally beautiful on the inside.