Bye Bye Birdie Reviews

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½ February 24, 2010
Needless remake, and it can?t come close to capturing the charm of the original. The extreme length causes more than a few yawn inducing parts. This version is ridiculously politically correct. The film lacks style, and mostly it lacks talent, not just with the acting, but the direction, sets, costumes etc. are all below par. It has a blatant disregard for period detail. Vanessa Williams is the only cast member that shows any flair, Tyne Daly isn't too bad. They should have left well enough alone.
February 15, 2009
As was the case with musicals of the 1950s and 60s, the plot here is nothing more than a showcase for the songs, which are not all that spectacular either. Characters acted on out-of-character impulses that served no purpose other than to give them a cool dance sequence or a song to segue into. But Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams are ever so watchable in the lead roles and even more so when they break into song and dance together. They create two very charming characters within the difficult confines of the script, and most of this movie's 3-star rating goes directly to them. They made this watchable.
February 26, 2008
Mixed review here. Liked most of it. Jason Alexander was great. However, in the middle of the film Vanessa Williams does a totally gratuitous dance that I personally found offensive.
½ April 2, 2007
Totally Awesome Version of this classic. Just Love all the casting and the choices for songs to leave in or take out.... follows the stageplay better than the '63 version with Ann Margret and Dick VanDyke.
½ February 15, 2007
I love the original movie. It's definitely a favorite of mine. The live version was also pretty good. So I was excited to see this remake, but it just wasn't that great.
½ May 2, 2013
Unlike the 1963 version this IS the play. The budget gets in the way for this TV film but Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams give very nice, very sweet performances. Recommended.
½ October 21, 2013
Bye Bye Birdie is a disappointing film. It is about rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie who is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert. Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams give horrible performances. The teleplay is badly written. Gene Saks did an awful job directing this t.v. movie. I was not impressed with this t.v. film.
August 13, 2012
Enjoyable and fun to watch, though fans of the 1963 original may disagree.
February 9, 2012
This was a horrible remake of the 1963 classic film. Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone.
March 12, 2011
I love this movie! It has all the fun of "Grease"!
½ February 24, 2010
31/100. Needless remake, and it can't come close to capturing the charm of the original. The extreme length causes more than a few yawn inducing parts. This version is ridiculously politically correct. The film lacks style, and mostly it lacks talent, not just with the acting, but the direction, sets, costumes etc. are all below par. It has a blatant disregard for period detail. Vanessa Williams is the only cast member that shows any flair, Tyne Daly isn't too bad. They should have left well enough alone.
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