Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Streisand Shows Fans Her Warm, Funny Side Even Her Detractors Should Love `Mirror'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Streisand Shows Fans Her Warm, Funny Side Even Her Detractors Should Love `Mirror'

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Some people are going to get hung up on the fact that The

Mirror Has Two Faces is "A Barbra Streisand Film" and that the

famously self-absorbed Streisand wrote some of the music and

caused turmoil on the set and directs the whole shebang and

gives herself some good scenes and blah, blah, blah.

Let 'em.

That fact is The Mirror Has Two Faces is likely to be embraced

by a whole bunch of people who couldn't care about any of that

backstage stuff.

Sure, it's all a little hokey, from the bouncy Marvin Hamlisch

score to the only-in-the-movies premise. But it has consistent

laughs and pleasing dollops of both sentiment and purpose, as

well as a performance by Jeff Bridges that's the funniest of the

year.

Streisand and Bridges are a couple of Columbia University

professors who strike up an unorthodox relationship.

She lives with her mother, a tart Lauren Bacall, a still-vain

woman who was long admired for her beauty. Streisand, though, is

a makeup-free frumpy dresser who's supposed to be an ugly

duckling -- a plain Jane at best. But she teaches literature to

rapt students who give her standing ovations.

Bridges, meanwhile, is a hunky-but-boring bow-tied math

professor who likes to make small talk about the "twin prime

conjecture." His teaching style? His back turned to the

classroom, scribbling on the blackboard. "It's like you're

having a math party and you only invited yourself," quoth Babs.

Bridges is wonderfully, hilariously befuddled, stammering in a

voice that rises dangerously into higher registers. His prof, it

seems, has a big problem with sex -- it leaves him completely

flummoxed.

So he resolves to enter into an intellectual, long-term

relationship with a woman for whom he has absolutely no sexual

interest. That would be Streisand, of course. …

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