The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 November 1996 (USA)
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Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad. Several times burned, the handsome-but-boring Gregory believes that sex has ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sara Myers
Taina Elg ...
Female Professor
Lucy Avery Brooks ...
Felicia - Video
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Claire's Masseur


Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad. Several times burned, the handsome-but-boring Gregory believes that sex has ruined his life, and has deliberately set out to find and marry a woman with absolutely no sex appeal. Greg thinks he's found what he's looking for in Rose, a plain, plump English Lit professor who can't compete with her gorgeous mother and sister. More out of mutual admiration and respect than love, Greg and Rose marry. Greg assumes that Rose understands that he is not interested in a sexual relationship. He's mistaken, and their marriage is nearly destroyed when Rose tries to consummate their relationship. While Gregory is out of the country on a lecture tour, Rose diets and exercises to transform herself into a sexy siren in a last-ditch attempt to save her marriage. Written by Anthony Bruce Gilpin <>

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A story about just how wrong two people can be before they can be right. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espejo tiene dos caras  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,210,868 (USA) (15 November 1996)


ITL 2,628,959,000 (Italy) (7 March 1997)

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Whilst Barbra Streisand was editing the film, she went to a dinner party, and was introduced to a man who she didn't recognize: James Brolin. They later married. See more »


On Rose and Gregory's wedding night, Rose takes off her robe and lays it on Gregory's bed. When Gregory comes back in, he picks up the robe and lays it over with Rose's things. Then, when Rose gets up to put in a movie, the robe is lying on her bed. See more »


Rose Morgan: Let's face it. They're not standing in line for me.
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Hava Nagila
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Streisand wants to be sure we don't miss a trick--but I missed the "Ugly Ducking" Babs...
14 May 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

College professor Rose--bubbly, amiable, but dowdy--enters into a sexless marriage with another teacher; she attempts to seduce her celibate hubby, cries when he rejects her (ostensibly because she's unattractive), but eventually becomes gorgeous with some Zen-like wisdom (and a make-over). Remake of an obscure 1958 French drama, "The Mirror Has Two Faces", directed by star Barbra Streisand, emphasizes its points about inner beauty to the nth degree. Barbra underlines everything--either with a shot too many or with BLARING romantic music--but when Rose makes her transformation, the whole center of the picture slips away (and the main characters never regain their balance). A much more telling story would've started where this picture actually ends. Don't give us kisses in the street after two hours of yammering about the short shelf-life of modern romance. ** from ****

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