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Beaches (2017)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slight remake of '80s tearjerker, saved by Menzel's singing.

Movie NR 2017 87 minutes
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Sketchy characters, corny writing, and a futile effort to cram two life stories into 90 minutes or less sink this remake despite earnest performances and Idina Menzel's distinctive vocals. Beaches (2017) is forced to shorthand emotions, relationships, and plot, as well as rely on bursts of unmotivated anger, shrill confrontations, and overnight atonement. It was a nice idea to add the ethnic component here, and it proves to be a color-blind story, but it doesn't enhance the depth as it might have. There simply isn't any depth. On a positive note, Sanai Victoria as Tory, Hillary's daughter, makes a strong impression.

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