Parents' Guide to

The Makeover

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Soapy Pygmalion story is benign, with a bit of romance.

Movie NR 2013 110 minutes
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Goofy, soapy and yet pleasant, The Makeover coasts on the multitudinous charms of its cast. There's charming interplay between a relaxed Manheim, an upright-and-uptight Stiles, and louche beer vendor Walter, who unfortunately boasts the most horrible BAAAAAHSTAN accent ever. It's worse than Norm from Cheers. Walton's Doolittle calls himself a "beeeeh vendah" and it gets worse from there. "Wicked," "chowderheads," and pahking the cah in the yahd all make appearances.

If viewers can ignore that (and most non-Bostonians will be able to), this movie is a fine, if predictable way to while away a few hours. Stiles and Walter are cute together, the classic Pygmalion story is given a pleasingly postmodern gender switch, and the story ticks along easily enough, not consuming too much brain power to digest. If you like this kind of thing -- this thing being "Hallmark Channel romances" -- you'll like this particular thing.

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