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Beaches is a bosom-buddy movie about a friendship that was meant to be---like Laverne and Shirley or Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the Odd Couple As the buddy movie rule requires it is a tale of abiding love between opposite souls a friendship formed against the odds The core plot of this drama however is more than a pack of cliches There is not a lot of originality in this movie and at times it seems like you are watching the latest General Hospital Maybe the problem is with the flashbacks If they told the story from beginning to end it would have felt less like the melodramatic tearjerker that it is Beaches begins on a note of threatening doom and that gives the rest of the movie a dark undertone The film opens with CC Bloom Bette Midler rehearsing for a big pop concert at the Hollywood Bowl When she gets an urgent message she races out of the dome forgetting the concert and races to San Francisco in a rental car through pouring rain The movie then flashes back to an event some years earlier on the Atlantic City Boardwalk where young CC meets Hillary Whitney CC helps the lost Hillary find her ritzy hotel down the boardwalk and in the short walk the two girl become best friends Of course this friendship is to endure all during the lives of these two very different women all the way up to the beginnings foreshadowed tragedy What happens in the first half-hour is slightly discouraging The story is set up so completely in terms of ancient movie cliches that we know we can relax--nothing unexpected is going to happen We are way ahead of the characters on the screen We have already presumed that the two girls will meet again as young women fall in love with the same man One will love him and the other will leave him
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