Critics' Corner
Rita Kempley - Style section, "A very public tragedy for Streisand."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "This is definitely one to miss."


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'The Mirror Has Two Faces'

Scene from this movie In this remake of a French film, Barbra Streisand plays Rose Morgan, a literature professor at Columbia University who lectures authoritatively about romance but has no romantic prospects. Jeff Bridges is Gregory Larkin, a rumpled mathematics professor who’s tired of superficial relationships with young women. Looking for something platonic, he advertises for an over-35 companion with a PhD, stressing that physical appearance is not an issue.

Rose’s sister Claire, who spots the ad, urges Gregory to call Rose. When Rose shows interest in such abstract concepts as prime numbers, the math professor is bowled over. A friendship grows, but one without hugs or kisses. When Gregory proposes marriage, with the proviso that sex be excluded, Rose has to consider the possibilities. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13


Director: Barbra Streisand
Cast: Barbra Streisand; Jeff Bridges;
Pierce Brosnan; George Segal; Mimi Rogers; Brenda Vaccaro; Lauren Bacall
Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Filmographies: Barbra Streisand; Jeff Bridges; Pierce Brosnan; George Segal; Mimi Rogers; Lauren Bacall