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That Old Feeling

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for language and sex-related material

Reviewed by: Kevin J. Burk

Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
16 to Adult
Romantic Comedy

“That Old Feeling” is a fairly entertaining tale of love lost and won among a group of people who are very confused. While I would certainly not rate this a great movie, it was enjoyable, all in all.

Bette Midler and Dennis Farina play the divorced and subsequently remarried parents who meet at the wedding of their daughter. As the title suggests, being together again reignites that old feeling. Before we know it, the couple has taken off on a sort of second honeymoon. Their daughter sets off a mission to track them down and talk them back to their senses, accompanied by a “Paparazzi” photographer who has a knack for tracking down Midler’s celebrity character. The two current spouses of Midler and Farina also get involved in the hunt. At the climax of the movie, all the players come together and everyone ends up with someone other than who they started with at the beginning of the film.

I had mixed feelings about this movie. It had decent entertainment value, good acting and interesting characters along with some solid comedy. Morally, however, there are problems. The sanctity of marriage is not highly respected, as many of the characters seriously consider cheating on their spouses on a whim. Love was portrayed as just a feeling and not a lifelong commitment to be sought by hard work. Overall, though, I would recommend this as a fairly good, though not perfect, choice as a video rental. I would recommend this film only for adults and morally well grounded older teens.

Year of Release—1997