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Born Yesterday Reviews

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October 25, 2016
One of my all time favorite movies! I love the cast, especially Melanie Griffith and John Goodman!
April 30, 2016
nice bit of fun fluff
½ September 4, 2014
Melanie Griffith, as Billie Dawn, executes the role with such integrity. So convincing as she makes the film hers. But as a film, it just doesn't fit in well with the era. It feels as though they lifted a 1950 film and forced it to fit into 1993. They tried making a non-90s film but didn't pull out all the stops--or any stops, really. It just felt unexplainably awkward during most scenes.

However, the film wasn't intrinsically bad. It was actually quite enjoyable. The characters are likable, the themes are sincere, and the dialogue is snappy.

A lot of the time it even overcomes its sloppy direction and confused narrative, but those faults are never forgotten about and a few times distracting. The setup is on the border of boring and the tone is intermittent. It also never fully commits to any of its antagonists, and even slips up a couple of times with Don Johnson's character, Paul.

Born Yesterday is one of those films that is enjoyable and possibly forgettable at the same time. It means well, but could have been a better remake. And although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, I wouldn't be against watching it again.

Twizard Rating: 73
½ August 7, 2014
(First and only viewing - 3/3/2010)
December 7, 2012
Want to see it! Will have to take into account!
August 2, 2012
Shakespeare, it's been said, is the single greatest playwrite of all time. So many of the movies that audiences have enjoyed since Hollywood's golden age have been at least loosely based on his works. In its most basic roots, this remake of the 1950 movie by the same name is itself based on Shakespeare's Taming of The Shrew. One could easily go into a long drawn out history lesson, explaining those roots. But suffice to say that while it's true that this remake is anything but original, perhaps understanding that its roots are in Shakespearian literature will get audiences interested in the bard's classic work. that being noted, those who would instantly criticize this movie should take into account that it's not the first work to ever rip off another work.

Now that being out of the way, this update of Taming of The Shrew, Pygmalion, and of course 1950's Born yesterday may not be the best remake ever crafted. But it is still a good escape for the course of its near two hour run time. Anyone who has ever seen Pygmalion or My Fair lady, or even The Taming of The Shrew will enjoy seeing Billie (Griffith) become a more self assured woman, from the ditzy character that she started out as. And being that John Goodman is so known for good guy roles, it was nice to see him take a heel turn for once. And female audiences will cheer Billie for her reaction after she's beaten by Harry at one point. Her reaction is one that so few battered women have, and should serve as an example of what they should do. It showed that she had become a truly empowered woman. That final moment of her growth is perhaps the most powerful.

The budding romance between Billie and Paul (Johnson) is cheesy to say the least. But when placed against her treatment by Harry, it makes Billie that much more of a sympathetic character. Both male and female audiences will find themselves cheering for her, not wanting her to give up on herself, although they know that Paul won't let her give up.

Perhaps the funniest part of the movie isn't so much in the story or its romance subplot. It's in the spoof of Washington politics. When Paul teaches Billie what to say at a gala, he reveals just how little most beltway insiders really know, and how they let political jargon do all the talking, rather than themselves. Even fans of National Public Radio will laugh at how the story pokes fun at NPR and the talking heads in the media as a whole. There is more than just a grain of truth to this joke.

Born yesterday is a remake. There's no getting past that. There are those who would throw jabs at the entire thing simply for the sake of being a remake. But as shown, it does have its share of high points even with its general lack of originality. Given, it's not exactly original. But in its defense, those who would criticize it shoudl also criticize Reese Witherspoon's 2001 movie, Legally Blonde. That movie is a near direct take off of this remake. At least in the case of this remake, audiences are given a means to actually do what movies are meant to do for viewers. It gives its viewers the ability to suspend their disbelief and escape into the story if only for the single watch.
½ August 16, 2011
I think the original is a little long winded, and there are parts to this that do work. But there's a sense of listlessness that takes over here. Johnson brings nothing to that table, and Griffith plays the role a little too sullen. Plus the ending feels sort of botched, although I don't remember how much it really differs from the source material. Regardless, it just feels more like a simple blackmail plot rather than a real comeuppance.
½ February 4, 2011
Don't bother! Do yourself a favour and watch the original!!
½ December 15, 2010
Has its funny moments..overall just about entertaining !!!
June 26, 2010
ok, typical early 90's romantic comedy.
December 30, 2009
Simple movie, good for a few laughs.
November 21, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch.....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that sally quinn, nora dunn, michael ensign, john goodman, max perlich, melanie griffith, edward hermann, don johnson, benjamin c bradlee play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this comedy/romance movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....i think that this is a good romance movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie
½ October 15, 2009
It had been years since I've seen this, and where I once hated many parts of this movie, now it feels like a solid, understated, entertaining comedy.
½ September 28, 2009
** (out of four)

Unnecessary and uninspired remake of the Oscar nominated comedy from 1950. This time Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, and Don Johnson attempt to feel the shoes once worn by Judy Holiday, Broderick Crawford, and William Holden.

Lightning doesn't strike twice.
September 10, 2009
Okay remake of the classic 1950 film. If course, it can't hold a candle to the original, but it is such a good story it would be hard to mess it up, and it does follow the original very closely. The cast is fine, Don Johnson is surprisingly effective.
½ July 29, 2009
This comedy was much smarter than I had anticipated. I really didn't expect much, and was pleasantly surprised that the characters had at least a little depth to them. If you are looking for comedy other than quirky, slapstick or romantic, this is a good choice.
July 27, 2009
Just as good as the original. John Good is a very under rated actor.
July 2, 2009
great - hardly waiting to see it again!
Super Reviewer
½ May 16, 2009
Melanie Griffith is a total charmer in this but everyone else is just okay.
½ March 16, 2009
theres something about this that makes you love it...the amendments song...most of melanie griffith's dialogue towards the end of the movie.
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