A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.
_**Entertaining “Chick flick” with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey**_ Two preadolescent girls meet on the beach and become lifelong friends living on two different coasts. The brassy CC Bloom (Bette Midler) is a performer living in New York City while the classy, but reserved Hillary (Barbara Hershey) lives on the West Coast. Bubbly Mayim Bialik appears as the 11 year-old version of CC in the opening act while likable John Heard has a fairly notable part. “Beaches” (1988) is an 80’s “chick flick” that throws in drama, realistic comedy, romance, Broadway entertainment and music. It’s also known as a tearjerker, but it didn’t literally move me in that sense, although I’m sure it would some people. It effectively shows the ups and downs of a long-lasting friendship. Fans of Midler or Hershey will no doubt like it more than me. The film runs 2 hours, 3 minutes, and was shot California and New York City. GRADE: B-/C+