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THAT OLD FEELING

SYNOPSIS:
Movie star Lilly (Bette Midler) and journalist Dan (Dennis Farina) have been happily divorced for 12 years. Everyone, especially their daughter Molly (Paula Marshall), would like it to stay that way. But when Molly’s boyfriend Keith (Jamie Denton) proposes marriage and insists on a large traditional family wedding, nothing short of a natural disaster is going to keep Molly’s parents from coming. Even though they swear to behave, everyone braces themselves for the inevitable - after all, Lilly and Dan hate each other with nuclear capacity. But when they are in the midst of find to a knock-down, drag-out fight at the wedding reception, they are amazed to discover they still share an enexplicable, uncontrollable passion for each other…

"It's a nifty idea, to take a middle-aged couple and rekindle their romance, or ‘14-year old itch’ as co-star Farina calls it. There is an old-fashioned quaintness about That Old Feeling, but quaintness doesn't necessarily make for a strong comedy. This is a film that has patches of humour, but lacks consistency, not only in the writing, but Carl Reiner's sluggish direction. Just because you're making a film about middle age, doesn't mean you hire a geriatric to make it. The film lacks energy, the only time it really comes alive is when Farina and Midler swap barbs, and then it's Farina, not Midler (who does her typically repetitive schtick here), that dominates the film. Paula Marshall is beautiful enough and has genuine presence, but her character is sorely under-written, while former NYPD Blue star Gail O'Grady has some better moments. Much of the film lacks any kind of credibility; I mean, one honestly wonders why the Farina and Midler characters ended up with the second spouses they did. That Old Feeling is charming enough at times, but really, when all's said and done, in this film, everything old is definitely NOT new again. That Old Feeling is more like That Sinking Feeling."
Paul Fischer

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THAT OLD FEELING(M)15+
(US)

CAST: Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall, Gail O’Grady, David Rasche, Jamie Denton, Danny Nucci Jayne Eastwood, Michael J. Reynolds

DIRECTOR: Carl Reiner

PRODUCER: Leslie Dixon, Bonnie Bruckheimer

SCRIPT: Leslie Dixon

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steve Mason

EDITOR: Richard Halsey

MUSIC: Patrick Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sandy Veneziano

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 24, 1997

Video Release: Jan 25, 1999
Video Distributor: CIC







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