Beaches (1988)

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‘Be sure to keep in touch CC ok? ‘Sure, we’re friends aren’t we?’

Garry Marshall  directed this American comedy drama film about the friendship of two friends spanning over 35 years; CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hersley). They first meet as children in 1958 (The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik played the young CC and Marcie Leeds played the young Hillary). The film follows the two women’s journeys through the highs and lows of love, tragedy and loss whilst they maintain their friendship.

I watched this film for the first time as a teenager and enjoyed the idea of two central female characters who are complete opposites but manage to support each other through writing to each other or through moral support and comfort. It shows the emphasis of how strong and important  friendships are.

I found it particularly tear jerking when Hillary knows she is going to die after she is told her heart condition is incurable and she places her daughter Victoria (Grace Johnston) in CC’s care. Hillary dies and Victoria agrees to live with CC (If I go with you, can I bring my cat’, always brings me to tears). Victoria watches CC sing in a show, the same song ‘The Glory of Love’ she herself sung as a child. We then hear the voice over of the young CC and Hillary when they first met as the two leave. The poignancy is there because instead of Hillary watching CC sing, Victoria is in her place.

A very sweet film with a good cast and catchy and memorable songs. The kind of film you can watch with your mum, sisters or with your friends with a box of chocs and tissues.

Based on the book by Mary Agnes Donoghue.

My rating: 4.5/5

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