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Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune (1987)

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33

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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61

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Two women with serious differences are forced to look out for each other in this anarchic comedy. Sandy (Bette Midler) and Lauren (Shelley Long) are a pair of struggling actresses who don't get along especially well -- and are even less fond of each other when they discover that they're both dating the same man, Michael (Peter Coyote). However, when Michael suddenly goes missing, they discover that he's actually an espionage agent working with a foreign government, and as they set out to find

Oct 30, 2001

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (10)

Midler and Long are never less than fun to watch.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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As a vehicle for their considerable comic talents, the enterprise is wheelclamped by typecasting.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Every bit as rude and wonderful as Ruthless People...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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There's more regressive coyness in this buddy adventure-comedy than anyone should have to sit through in a lifetime...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Such rarefied screen writing calls for the peerless talents of Arthur Hiller, a director with the comic timing of a tax auditor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Unfortunately, the movie is so busy cross-polinating its genres that it never pauses for the kind of thought that might have made it really special, instead of just fitfully funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Engaging, undemanding stuff.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The plot here has been played out hundreds of times (and often better) in other films.

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A female buddy-buddy movie which grows more and more tiresome as it unspools

August 25, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Pretty funny star comedy with a couple hysterical bits.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I'm STILL trying to figure out why this film was a hit.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Great comedic pairing. Good fun.

February 13, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

I shudder to think that a Shelley Long-Bette Midler pairing could have been considered a sure thing by anyone, at any time.

November 1, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Outrageous Fortune

Extremely funny! Middler and Long are a great duo in this movie, and I just loved the story, it's fantastic. I love this movie, and I highly recommend it.
February 2, 2011
ajv2688

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A fairly good comedy has a few laughs.
February 1, 2010
Deano78

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Bette and Shelley fall for the same guy, who has been dating them both. Good cast.
July 29, 2007
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