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Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday (1993)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

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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,

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Comedy, Romance

Mar 4, 2003

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (17) | DVD (2)

The verdict on the makeover is not all good news.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The gin rummy game with Griffith and Goodman instead of Holliday and Crawford is enough to ruin a night out.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Where Holliday was always too sophisticated a butterfly right from the off, Griffith's copycat performance starts dumb -- but then never takes wing.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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To the growing list of unnecessary movies, add this remake of the Garson Kanin comedy.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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There's no sense of screwball mayhem in the picture, no topsy-turvy brightness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Griffith almost makes it watchable. She is as charismatic a camera presence as ever, but her magic is mostly muted in this flat retread.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

December 23, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Not so much bad as thoroughly pointless.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Much more enjoyable than you'd think. Griffith and Johnson sizzle.

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

Just rent the original. Trust me.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

There are some good laughs and fans of the stars certainly won't be disappointed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Born Yesterday

A 90s rom com starring Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson that's basically a cheap knock off of Pygmalion with a shabby blackmail plot tacked on. As good as it sounds.
July 13, 2007
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Melanie Griffith is a total charmer in this but everyone else is just okay.
May 16, 2009
SunilJawahir

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Great!
December 25, 2007
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