Born Yesterday (1993)
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This 1993 remake of the 1950 film Born Yesterday (based on the 1946 Garson Kanin stage play) was retooled as a star vehicle for then-marrieds Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Roughneck self-made millionaire Harry Brock (John Goodman) wants to become a powerful Washington lobbyist. Brock's efforts to hobnob with DC uppercrust are compromised by his brash, embarrassingly vulgar mistress Billie Dawn (Melanie Griffith). He'd like to unload the ex-chorus girl, but he thinks he's in love: besides,
Mar 26, 1993 Wide
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The gin rummy game with Griffith and Goodman instead of Holliday and Crawford is enough to ruin a night out.
Where Holliday was always too sophisticated a butterfly right from the off, Griffith's copycat performance starts dumb -- but then never takes wing.
There is a fatal disconnection between place and characters who, conceived in one era, are crazily transported into another in which they don't quite fit.
To the growing list of unnecessary movies, add this remake of the Garson Kanin comedy.
There's no sense of screwball mayhem in the picture, no topsy-turvy brightness.
Griffith almost makes it watchable. She is as charismatic a camera presence as ever, but her magic is mostly muted in this flat retread.
In this pointless remake, essaying the Judy Holliday Oscar-winning role, Melanie Griffith gives a poor performance, marked by monotonous delivery and tiresome semi-spunky routines.
Not so much bad as thoroughly pointless.
Much more enjoyable than you'd think. Griffith and Johnson sizzle.
Just rent the original. Trust me.
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