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Funny Lady

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Vibrant music, some infidelity in Funny Girl sequel.

Movie PG 1975 136 minutes
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FUNNY LADY is filled with glitz, glamor, stunning costumes, breathtaking music and dance of the 1930s and 40s -- and with the astonishing talent of Streisand. She's in fine comic form: her voice soars, she never disappoints. The screenplay, however, which veers wildly from the actual facts of Fanny Brice's life, is less than stellar, and not up to the standard set by the original, Funny Girl. The love story moves in fits and starts, with scenes seemingly dropped in at different points in the relationship -- sometimes after lots of time has elapsed. As a result, there's no flow, no true emotional arc, and the audience cannot ever fully invest in Fanny's story.

But the story is secondary; it's not what draws people to this movie. Streisand's performance, the vibrancy of the music -- particularly the standards which bear composer Billy Rose's name -- and the wonderful production numbers make the film well worth the time for grownups and older kids who appreciate musical theater.

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