Mrs. Winterbourne is a convoluted remake of No Man of Her Own, that never quite
takes off. Ricki Lake stars as a penniless young pregnant girl, Connie Doyle. When
Connie accidentally takes the wrong train, she is befriended by Hugh Winterbourne (Brendan Fraser),
and his pregnant young wife, Patricia. However, when the train wrecks, the couple are
killed, and Connie is mistaken for Patricia. She is taken in by her mother-in-law (Shirley
MacLaine), and Hugh's twin brother Bill (also Brendan Fraser). What should have been
the laborious setup for a screwball comedy, actually leads into a timid While You Were Sleeping
lookalike. The various elements of this romantic comedy just never come together. The
absence of true comedy makes the characters seem rather one dimensional.
Brendan Fraser and Ricki Lake never quite connect. And if you need a definitive reason
to avoid this movie: Beware the hideous musical number, in which MacLaine and
Lake attempt to sing "The Sunny Side of the Street".
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