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      Born Yesterday

      PG Released Mar 26, 1993 1 hr. 41 min. Romance Comedy List
      25% 28 Reviews Tomatometer 27% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score A scrap-metal tycoon (John Goodman) turned real-estate mogul pays a Washington newsman (Don Johnson) to educate his feisty girlfriend (Melanie Griffith). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 23 Buy Now

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      Not even Melanie Griffith's charisma can inject fresh energy into this ill-conceived remake, which awkwardly retreads through the classic original's story without any of its charm.

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      jordan m I really don't get what people expect when they learn that a movie is a remake of an older movie… this one used the things that worked in the 1950 version and made some small changes to improve the comedy and the chemistry between the newsman and Billie. Melanie didn't do radically worse than Holliday had done, even though it was indeed a step down. I enjoyed the changes they made to the screenplay, but I think more of the blame for this one's lack of success lies in the casting rather than the execution as it's very difficult to look at Goodman as a believable villain. If he was an excellent bad guy his name would be Badman, but it isn't and he was right in the middle of his star-making Roseanne show when he did this. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie with great actors. I love it. It is terribly underrated. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review steve d Pointless but well done remake. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member One of my all time favorite movies! I love the cast, especially Melanie Griffith and John Goodman! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member nice bit of fun fluff Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member 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 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle Reborn too late. Melanie Griffith is fine playing the beautiful-but-dumb (or is she?) role that Judy Holliday originated, but the film Is a dated vehicle. Rated: 2/4 Jan 11, 2023 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Leonard Klady Variety The verdict on the makeover is not all good news. Jan 11, 2008 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a briskly-paced comedy that benefits substantially from its winning performances... Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 13, 2022 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Since the adherence to the source material is pretty close, there aren't many surprises. Rated: 5/10 Sep 10, 2020 Full Review Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net I watched the 1993 remake of Born Yesterday and boy was that a dud. Feb 21, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A scrap-metal tycoon (John Goodman) turned real-estate mogul pays a Washington newsman (Don Johnson) to educate his feisty girlfriend (Melanie Griffith).
      Director
      Luis Mandoki
      Executive Producer
      Stratton Leopold
      Screenwriter
      Garson Kanin, Douglas McGrath
      Distributor
      Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Hollywood Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1
      Rating
      PG (Scene of Abusive Behavior|Language)
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 26, 1993, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $17.8M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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