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Born Yesterday (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 26 March 1993 (USA)
A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he ... See full summary »

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Alex Duffee, Sect. of the Navy
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Beatrice Duffee
William Frankfather ...
Sen. Kelley
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Mrs. Hedges
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Cynthia Schreiber, NPR Talk Show Host
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Mrs. Kelley
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Sen. Duker
Mary Gordon Murray ...
Bindy Duker
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A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he hires a reporter to teach her how to appear more intelligent. Soon it becomes apparent to the reporter that she isn't so stupid after all, and things become more complicated as she begins questioning the papers her sugar daddy keeps getting her to sign, and the reporter begins falling in love with her. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated PG for language and a scene of abusive behavior | See all certifications »
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26 March 1993 (USA)  »

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$17,952,857 (USA)
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Trivia

Judy Holliday won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the original Born Yesterday (1950). In contrast, Melanie Griffith, who plays Billie Dawn in this remake, was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. She failed to win, however. See more »

Goofs

The art museum is supposedly in Washington DC, but we see Renoir's "Jean as a Huntsman" which is at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA) (where the scene was filmed). See more »

Quotes

Paul: Maybe we haven't gotten to our time yet.
Billie: No, we did. And you just dropped the ball.
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Version of Born Yesterday (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

TEACH ME TONIGHT
Written by Sammy Cahn and Gene de Paul
Performed by Dinah Washington
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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An Okay Remake That Feels Odd In Places
22 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a remake of a 1950s screwball political satire and in some ways it is both stronger and weaker than the original. First, the weaknesses: the main problem with this remake of Born Yesterday is the plot. All they've done here is copied and pasted the original screenplay and shoehorned into a time frame where the material seems out of date. When we see Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith walking out on the streets of 1990s Washington, D.C., we hear their dialogue and somehow it doesn't jive with the world around them. We feel the presence of the film crew standing behind the camera capturing this "cute" moment between a pair of movie stars. It's like we're observing a big high school play performed for an audience in the park and it just feels awkward. There isn't much chemistry between Johnson and Griffith and that's another part of the problem. Griffith is fine as the ditz with hidden depth and definitely did not deserve her Razzie nomination in 1993. In fact, she's one of the best things about the remake and I liked her in the role. Don Johnson feels out of place as the smart guy teaching her how to be an intellectual. He just doesn't seem the type and seems terribly miscast. John Goodman is the perfect combo of sweet and tough as Harry, the corrupt businessman pulling the strings of senators. Born Yesterday is a flawed remake but the stuff that's good is really good and makes me wish more effort had been put into updating the material to fit present day sensibilities.


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