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Corrina, Corrina
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Review by Yvonne Tresnan | posted July 5, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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What's It All About
Corrina, Corrina is the story of Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) and his daughter, Molly (Tina Mojorino) who are having trouble recovering from the death of Molly's mom. In order to get back to work, Manny decides to hire someone to look after Molly and do the housework. After a series of humorous interviews, Manny selects Corrina Washington (Whoopi Goldberg), a college educated woman who can't find work outside of housekeeping in 1950's suburbia because of the color of her skin. Molly hasn't spoken to anyone since her mother's death but Corrina manages to break down Molly's walls with an infectious spirit, the ability to grasp the joys of life and her inate wisdom. Manny finds that the women now entering his life want to immediately replace his wife (and they pursue this end rather agressively). However, in Corrina he finds an intelligent woman with whom he shares many things, including a lover for Molly and appreciation for music. What Corrina did for Molly she does for Manny, returning to him the ability to feel. Predicitably, Manny and Corrina start to feel for each other and Molly is wishing them to be married.

How Does the DVD Look?
New Line offers your choice of widescreen (1.85:1) or pan & scan full frame presentations. The image is occasionally soft but the natural color scheme is presented accurately with no noticible bleed. Also the transfer is free of digital artifacting.

How Does the DVD Sound?
New Line again gives the viewer a choice of stereo surround sound or 5.1. The surrounds are infrequently used, as is the sub, but the dialogue is always clean and clear.

Extras! Extras! Read All About 'Em!
The only Extras present are the original theatrical trailer and filmographies for Liotta, Majorino, Goldberg and writer, director, producer Jessie Nelson.

Wrap Up:
Goldberg's often subtle humor works wonderfully in this film and, in all, the movie is genuinely funny and heartwarming as well as a bit shallow. On at least three occasions the film brings up the issue of racial prejudice, using the word "nigger" twice, but then it just moves quickly into the next scene without addressing the issue either for the viewer or for the young Molly. It does the same thing by glossing over inter-racial relationships and the dangers of smoking. But Corrina, Corrina isn't a film about tackling issues, it's an uplifting comedy about the stregnth of human spirit and the ability for people, all people, to extend a helping hand and make a difference in someone elses life. If this sort of family fare is what you like then I would recommend Corrina, Corrina. If not (and you know who you are) look elsewhere. Just one question, why does Whoopi not have eyebrows?!?

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