Entertainment Weekly Review: Beaches, A Lifetime Movie

Entertainment Weekly
By Tim Stack
January 14, 2017

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (1559280a) Beaches, Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey Film and Television

The original 1988 Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey  film is one of the most beloved weepies of all time. So this remake comes with high expectations – that it sadly doesn’t meet.

CC (Idina Menzel) and Hillary (Nia Long) are lifelong friends who support each other through respective ups (careers) and downs (illness).

The update (set in SoCal instead of New Jersey) maintains the same beats as the original, but unfortunately Menzel doesn’t have the same comedic chops as Midler, and the film can feel a little flat.

Still, when the Tony winner belts out the classic, “Wind Beneath My Wings” even disappointed fans will be reaching for a Kleenex.


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