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The beauty of brains,
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This review is from: Born Yesterday (DVD)
What holds this movie together is Melanie Griffith, a deliberate and thoughtful actress. Add the handsome Don Johnson as the teacher/reporter and John Goodman, the hard-boiled, no nonsense businessman and you have a winner.
This movie is a study in so many things: self-respect, respect for others, integrity, dignity, and the beauty of brains. When Billie (Melanie) tells Paul (Don) that she can get anything she wants from Harry (John), she reveals her lack of understanding of self-worth: she wants a mink coat and gets it because she gives him what he wants. By movie's end she wants more and has earned the self-respect and determination to get it.
The whole education aspect ("smarten up" Billie so she won't be an embarrassment while Harry is in Washington, D.C.) serves as a wonderful example to viewers of the power of knowledge. Harry hires Paul, who sets Billie off on an educational journey that jump starts her unused brain. First, she reads a book that no one actually reads--Alexis de Toqueville. She increases her vocabulary. She acquires culture through the art in the National Gallery of Art, especially focusing on a Van Gogh painting that depicts the dignity of manual labor, a reminder of her father.
Billie questions later what she should do with this new, profound awareness. The status quo is easy to maintain; change is always difficult. In this case, with change come a new self-respect and self-confidence. The new Billie will marry Paul. If it seems she is trading one man for another, that is misleading because this particular man encourages her growth, in fact was the catalyst for it. Good things will come from this relationship.
What an uplifting, happy movie for everyone: the new couple, Harry, who now must learn the art of patience while he awaits re-acquisition of his holdings one property per year, and the viewer, privy to their story and two fantastic kisses!
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Initial post: Aug 9, 2012 7:11:15 AM PDT
Sounds good but, I think $25.00 is too much to ask for this dvd movie......I will hold off on this movie....
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2012 5:54:55 AM PDT
Judy K. Polhemus says:
Hi Mack! I must agree--and wonder why it's not available as a less costly dvd--?
Posted on Feb 14, 2016 2:57:54 PM PST
Kandy Langford says:
I've seen the original "Born Yesterday" many times & definitely enjoyed it, but as a mush for Don Johnson & Melanie Griffith's whole romance wanted to add this DVD to my movie library. What is the problem? You can't find this on plain DVD except for an exorbitant cost...Why?
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