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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Bette Midler
Shelley Long
Peter Coyote
Robert Prosky.
Directors
Arthur Hiller.
Screenwriters
Leslie Dixon.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Outrageous Fortune
If an acting coach called Stanislav Korzenowski said he could turn you into a famous actor for $5,000 cash, you'd have second thoughts, wouldn't you? Not these girls, game for anything, but mostly laughs.


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Plot
Lauren (Long) and Sandy (Midler) are two women from completely different walks of life - one a Hamlet-spouting thesp, the other a hacking amateur - are thrown together when their (unbeknown to them) mutual boyfriend leads them on a chase acroos several states and into a world of danger.


Review
One of the best of Bette Midler’s comedies sees her perfectly cast as a broad who’s thrown into an alliance of convenience with Miss Shelley Long, the prim actress with whom she finds herself sharing a boyfriend. Long makes the film as much as Midler, though, grating against her brash mutual ‘friend’ as successfully as if Midler were a foot and a half taller, had a penchant for baseball and went by the name of Sam Malone. Leslie Dixon’s script is effective, though sometimes seems stranded between the domestic humour and the big issues being played out.

Still, engaging, undemanding stuff.


Verdict
Outrageous, certainly, but there's nothing fortunate about the winning humour of Long and the ever-scathing joy that is Midler.


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