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The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

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A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rose Morgan
... Gregory Larkin
... Hannah Morgan
... Henry Fine
... Claire
... Alex
... Doris
... Barry
... Candy
... First Girl Student
... Sara Myers
... Female Professor
Lucy Avery Brooke ... Felicia (as Lucy Avery Brooks)
... Felicia - Video
David Kinzie ... Claire's Masseur
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Storyline

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 <agilpin@pacbell.net>

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

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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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15 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espejo tiene dos caras  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,210,868, 17 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,252,428, 2 March 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,052,428, 31 December 1997
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1.85 : 1
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While Barbra Streisand was editing the film, she went to a dinner party, and was introduced to a man whom she didn't recognize, James Brolin. They later married. See more »

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When Candice leaves Gregory, she slings her bag over her shoulder and her right hand is alternately on/off the strap in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Claire: Now you listen to me!
Rose Morgan: Take it easy, Claire!
Claire: Now, I want you to get up there and remember that this is MY day... and if you don't behave yourself, I'm gonna have your birth certificate blown up as a Christmas card!
Hannah Morgan: I should never have encouraged you to speak.
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Features It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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Try a Little Tenderness
Written by Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods), Jimmy Campbell & Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Performed by David Sanborn
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A thoroughly enjoyable film!
14 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

For all those people out there who are thinking 'how could a movie directed by and starring Barbra Streisand be good?' please leave your preconceptions at the door! This film, in my opinion, is a thoroughly enjoyable and delightful romantic comedy.

Babs stars as Rose, a Professor of Literature at Columbia University in New York who is basically, desperate and dateless. Jeff Bridges (in a humorous and charming performance) plays Professor Gregory Larkin, a man who is constantly losing his mind over unobtainable women. In his frustration and belief that "sexual attraction ruins all relationships", he decides to place an ad in the paper for a female companion, "appearance unimportant". When Rose's sister (Mimi Rogers) answers the ad on her behalf, the 2 begin a relationship that eventually reveals what love is really all about.

This film is funny, moving and romantic. My husband really doesn't really enjoy it, which could indicate the average male's perspective, but I'd highly recommend it for someone looking for a soppy night in!


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