Sabrina (1995)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Sophisticated Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 15, 1995 (USA)  |   Run Time - 127 min.  |   Countries - Germany , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Jason Clark

A rather pointless redo of the 1954 Audrey Hepburn-Humphrey Bogart classic, this remake of Sabrina at least has all the right components: an attractive, capable cast, solid director, exquisite production values, and a fairly amusing screenplay. What it doesn't have is good old-fashioned romantic ardor. The two leads convey a rather icy demeanor despite their good performances, and Sydney Pollack's film too often mistakes tastefulness for truly satisfying entertainment, with a story revolving around the Long Island elite that isn't as fresh today, and class implications of its main characters that fail to register when everything around them shimmies so brightly. Still, the movie is an innocent pleasure overall for viewers who aren't expecting the same film as the original version, and the supporting cast sparkles, with Greg Kinnear especially winning in his film debut. Despite the abundance of lovely actresses, this was reportedly a difficult film to cast in terms of its leading lady. Julia Ormond was chosen over several other contenders, including Juliette Binoche, who would win an Academy Award for The English Patient the very next year.