Outrageous Fortune
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Two women with serious differences are forced to look out for each other in this anarchic comedy. Sandy (Bette Midler) and Lauren (Shelley Long) are a pair of struggling actresses who don't get along especially well -- and are even less fond of each other when they discover that they're both dating the same man, Michael (Peter Coyote). However, when Michael suddenly goes missing, they discover that he's actually an espionage agent working with a foreign government, and as they set out to find him, they learn that he has implicated them in his schemes. Now Sandy and Lauren are stuck… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Midler and Long are never less than fun to watch."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's more regressive coyness in this buddy adventure-comedy than anyone should have to sit through in a lifetime..."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Engaging, undemanding stuff."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Pretty funny star comedy with a couple hysterical bits."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"I shudder to think that a Shelley Long-Bette Midler pairing could have been considered a sure thing by anyone, at any time."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"As a vehicle for their considerable comic talents, the enterprise is wheelclamped by typecasting."
‑ , Time Out
"Such rarefied screen writing calls for the peerless talents of Arthur Hiller, a director with the comic timing of a tax auditor."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"The plot here has been played out hundreds of times (and often better) in other films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I'm STILL trying to figure out why this film was a hit."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Every bit as rude and wonderful as Ruthless People..."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Unfortunately, the movie is so busy cross-polinating its genres that it never pauses for the kind of thought that might have made it really special, instead of just fitfully funny."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A female buddy-buddy movie which grows more and more tiresome as it unspools"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Great comedic pairing. Good fun."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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