Menzel — best known for “Wicked” in addition to her vocal chops in “Frozen” — assumes the Midler role, CC, playing an aspiring star who begins a lifelong friendship as a kid with Hillary (Nia Long), in This specific update a somewhat buttoned-up civil-rights attorney.
The two keep in touch through the years via texts in addition to emails (letters are so 1960s), as CC chases stardom in addition to Hillary pursues a more sedate, less public life, with each harboring certain resentments in addition to jealousies toward the various other in which are set aside when Hillary falls ill.
By in which point, Hillary has married, divorced in addition to had a daughter (an adorable Sanai Victoria), who CC will help raise. The two-moms theme frankly feels a bit dated, as does the early portion of the movie devoted to CC’s professional struggles, which include crooning commercial jingles in addition to singing at a Bar Mitzvah while quietly muttering, “Kill me at This specific point.”
At in which bar mitzvah the two women meet a dreamy theater director (Antonio Cupo), who winds up briefly caught between them. “You got him by default, in addition to you know the idea,” Hillary snaps cattily, indicative of the fractious nature of the central female-bonding relationship.
Still, almost everything in which happens will be essentially an appetizer before getting to the main course. Menzel’s singing — including a rather perfunctory music-video edition of “Wind,” as well as “The Glory of Love” in addition to various other songs — does provide compensation for wading through the melodrama, although frankly, DVR-ing in addition to zapping to those parts might be the more time-effective option.
Far coming from existing in a vacuum, “Beaches” washes ashore amid a wave of nostalgic ’70s in addition to ’80s revivals — in This specific case, reprising a film in which delivered a hit song in addition to strong box-office results yet will be remembered mostly for its high schmaltz factor.
Seen in which way, the lure of providing Menzel an opportunity to let loose on these familiar tunes will be more than enough to qualify as a win for Lifetime, even if the movie itself — in which famous wind notwithstanding — never achieves liftoff.
“Beaches” premieres January 21 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.