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By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'80s tearjerker about friendship is emotionally intense.

Movie PG-13 1988 123 minutes
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age 10+

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age 10+

Still love it

Just watched Beaches with my 10 year old daughter. We cried together and loved it! She understood all the gorgeous messages about friendship, love and loyalty.

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When you start listing chick flicks, you won't get far without someone mentioning this true tearjerker. Beaches is rather formulaic, but the strength and solidity of Hillary and CC's connection will touch anyone who's ever had a friend, and no matter how absurd the movie becomes –- no neophyte Broadway star could ever afford to lease an apartment like the one CC gets –- viewers will be caught up in the emotion of their story.

The performances are somewhat pedestrian, with the exception of Mayim Bialik, who plays the young CC. Her energy outshines almost everything that follows -- she was born to play the young Bette Midler. This isn't a perfect film, but it's fun in a weepy way, and would make great viewing for mothers and daughters on a girls' night in, assuming that the daughters could handle the emotional intensity. Dads and brothers will probably find that, like the men in the film, they are more or less left on the sidelines.

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