The Mirror Has Two Faces
A thoughtful romantic comedy about love, marriage, sex and society. Barbra Streisand
stars as Rose Morgan, a professor of literature, who though unlucky at love,
still dreams of romance. Jeff Bridges is Gregory Larkin, a mathematics
professor, who becomes convinced that sex and ideas of romantic love
destroys all meaningful relationships. The two meet and begin a relationship
based on the principals of "courtly love"...a meeting of minds rather
than emotion. The two fall in like, and eventually marry; but, while Gregory
is content, Rose still longs for romance, love and sex. In it's first
two acts, The Mirror Has Two Faces works well, dealing with Rose & Gregory's
courtship and marriage with plenty of humor and insightfulness. The film
loses its way a bit in the final act, when Rose undergoes a "transformation"
via exercise, diet and cosmetics. It somehow loses the underdog appeal that
it had, and begins to buy into the societal pressures that it earlier rejected.
It picks up a bit in the finale, but it leaves you with a feeling of being
cheated...the underdog can't win at all...she has to change in order to find
happiness. Both Bridges and Streisand do a good job in their roles; it takes
each a while to get going, but there are plenty of enjoyable character
building moments to help them along. Streisand's direction lends a light
enjoyable tone throughout the film, showing she has a good comic touch.
Overall, even though the film makes a couple of missteps it remains a
delightful romantic comedy.
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