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Winter 1997

That Old Feeling (1997) movie review

Heart-felt Laughter

My parents hate each other with a nuclear capability

Whatever is a girl (Paula Marshall) to do? Here Molly is, a grad student with a possible senator (Denton) as a boyfriend, about to be married in a Republican church wedding with all the trimmings -- and her parents are in the second decade of an acrimonious feud.

Being a political wife is all about presentation, so the happy couple have a big white wedding in the garden of a mansion next door to the perfect stone church. It's all going remarkably well -- Dad (Farino) and his second wife (a decorator) and Mum (Midler) and her second husband (a self-help marriage counsellor guru) exchange civilised unpleasantries and even a tap dancing grandmother can't kill the mood.

Movie poster, That Old Feeling; Festivale film review

Movie poster, That Old Feeling; Festivale film review

Here we are at a wedding, a perfect place for growth for healing ...
Dan: Shut up, or I'll kill you.

Until the wedding photographer turns out to be a paparazzo and the parents start a shouting match. Molly sends her wayward parents to the parking lot to work out their differences. And they do. Behind the steamed-up windows of a red spots car.

Molly's wedding night is punctuated by the sounds of her parents' reunion in the bedroom next to hers. Her honeymoon is forestalled by their adulterous elopement. Now she must team up with the scruffy photographer with a knack for finding her mother while her new husband manages the neurotic behaviours of the deserted spouses.

That Old Feeling is beautifully written -- there are witty one-liner exchanges that never overwhelm a heart-felt story. None of the characters are wasted, and all of them are written and played with clarity.

Unflagging, humorous, never over-played or strained it is an example of the best of the romantic comedy genre. A treat.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 24 July 1997
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See also: Paula Marshall in the short-lived television series Cupid

Just the facts:

Title: That Old Feeling (1997)
Written by: Leslie Dixon
Directed by: Carl Reiner
Produced by: Leslie Dixon, Bonnie Brockheimer
Running time: 105 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall, Danny Nucci, James Denton

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