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Corrina, Corrina (1994)

A true testament to the beauty of love despite race, creed, or religion.

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When Manny Singer's wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope with looking after Molly, he hires sassy housekeeper Corrina Washington, who coaxes Molly out of her shell and shows father and daughter a whole new way of life. Manny and Corrina's friendship delights Molly and enrages the other townspeople. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »

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26 August 1994 (USA)  »

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$20,160,000 (USA)
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The song Molly starts playing continuously on the piano before stopping after the first seven notes is "Good King Wenceslas." See more »

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When Corrina and Manny are standing on the front porch of his house and she was helping him with his jacket, Corrina removes her gloves one at a time, then they re-appear again during the conversation without her having put them back on. See more »

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Manny Singer: What is this, high school?
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Features Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) See more »

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THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
Written by Harry Dixon Loes
Performed by Jevetta Steele
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Writer/director Jessie Nelson finds a fine balance between the dramatic and comedic beats to make a remarkable motion picture...
14 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Corrina, Corrina

Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) is a struggling songwriter for a company that makes television commercials, who also has a loving wife and a daughter, Molly (Tina Majorino). When his wife dies, Manny's whole life falls apart, his daughter stops speaking, and he develops a creative block on his jingle-writing skills that threatens to get him fired. To solve one of these problems, he starts looking for a nanny for Molly, reluctantly settling on Corrina Washington (Whoopi Goldberg), a woman who has recently moved into town to stay with her sister, and who also happens to be black. Though far from the most efficient housekeeper in the town, Corrina clicks instantly with Molly, who eventually starts to speak again. Manny also takes a shine to Corrina, and a friendship soon forms between the two widows, but they can't seem to agree on what is best for Molly.

As easy as it may be to classify 'Corrina, Corrina' as a fifties-set drama, I'm inclined to resist this temptation, for two main reasons. Firstly, aside from the underlying comments about race, the fifties setting is used only as a backdrop, with the focus on a very heartfelt dramedy, which leads me to my second point. 'Corrina, Corrina' is certainly moving, and there are times when you may feel the need to reach for a box of tissues. But it's also quite hilarious as well, and writer/director Jessie Nelson finds a fine balance between the dramatic and comedic beats to make a remarkable motion picture. Liotta, Goldberg and Majorino give wonderful performances, and these really do feel like real characters. A real winner.

~ 8/10 ~


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