Born Yesterday
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This 1993 remake of the 1950 film Born Yesterday (based on the 1946 Garson Kanin stage play) was retooled as a star vehicle for then-marrieds Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Roughneck self-made millionaire Harry Brock (John Goodman) wants to become a powerful Washington lobbyist. Brock's efforts to hobnob with DC uppercrust are compromised by his brash, embarrassingly vulgar mistress Billie Dawn (Melanie Griffith). He'd like to unload the ex-chorus girl, but he thinks he's in love: besides, she knows too much about his crooked dealings to be running around loose. Thus, Brock… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The verdict on the makeover is not all good news."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"There is a fatal disconnection between place and characters who, conceived in one era, are crazily transported into another in which they don't quite fit."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Griffith almost makes it watchable. She is as charismatic a camera presence as ever, but her magic is mostly muted in this flat retread."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Much more enjoyable than you'd think. Griffith and Johnson sizzle."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The gin rummy game with Griffith and Goodman instead of Holliday and Crawford is enough to ruin a night out."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"To the growing list of unnecessary movies, add this remake of the Garson Kanin comedy."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"In this pointless remake, essaying the Judy Holliday Oscar-winning role, Melanie Griffith gives a poor performance, marked by monotonous delivery and tiresome semi-spunky routines."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Just rent the original. Trust me."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Where Holliday was always too sophisticated a butterfly right from the off, Griffith's copycat performance starts dumb -- but then never takes wing."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"There's no sense of screwball mayhem in the picture, no topsy-turvy brightness."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Not so much bad as thoroughly pointless."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There are some good laughs and fans of the stars certainly won't be disappointed."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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