Normally, I am NOT a fan of remakes. Especially when one of my favorite movies is touched in the process. When I first caught wind that BEACHES was being modernized, my heart dropped. In 1988, Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey co-starred in one of my top favorite films. I wore out both my VHS and soundtrack cassette tapes watching the movie THAT many times. The story, music and characters grab a hold of your heart and take you on a wonderful life-long friendship.
In 2017, Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and NAACP Image Award Winner Nia Long bravely took on these roles and brought a fresh new life to Beaches. Click here to read about my initial impression of Beaches and the remake.
Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Although worlds apart in lifestyle, they embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Idina Menzel) is an aspiring singer, trying to make it in Los Angeles. Hillary (Nia Long), the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer, struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades. Gabriella Pizzolo, Grace Capeless, Jodi Capeless, Sanai Victoria, and Antonio Cupo costar.
This new version of the 80s film includes performances by Menzel of iconic songs from the original movie such as “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” in addition to Menzel’s new original song, “Last Time.” The Beaches DVD is available at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Enter my giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of the movie.
I watched this movie with my 12-year old. My daughter has only seen a handful of PG-13 movies, and usually does not like anything too dramatic. Beaches held her interest, and her heart. It was a joy to watch the beautiful life-long friendship between CC and Hillary, and discuss all the ebb and tides of life and girlfriends. My daughter and I laughed and cried along with the characters, and will always cherish that afternoon and our new ‘Mommy/Daughter’ movie.
This movie is rated TV-14 (PG), so before casually sharing this with a teen, be aware that adult topics are discussed. There is mild sensuality and brief language. Also the final 20 minutes is very emotional.