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The Verdict Read Reviews for Beaches Remake Starring Idina Menzel The Lifetime film co-stars Nia Long. Here's what critics had to say.
Lifetime's remake of the classic Bette Midler film Beaches, co-starring Grammy and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Frozen, Wicked) and NAACP Image Award winner Nia Long (The Best Man Holiday), debuted January 21.

Directed by Emmy nominee Allison Anders, the cast also includes Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home) and Grace Capeless as the young CC and Hillary, respectively, along with Jodi Capeless, Sanai Victoria, and Antonio Cupo. A trailer for the TV film can be viewed above.

In this contemporary remake, Beaches, according to production notes, “follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot. Hillary (Long) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.”

Read reviews below:

AV Club (Katie Rife)

Boston Globe (Matthew Gilbert)

CNN.con (Brian Lowry)

Entertainment Weekly (Tim Stack) (Hanh Nguyen)

Los Angeles Times (Meredith Blake)

New York Post (Robert Rorke)

New York Times (Mike Hale)

TV Guide (MaryAnn Sleasman) (Matt Webb Mitovich)

Beaches takes on the classic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” and includes several other songs recorded specifically for the movie.

The teleplay was penned by Nikole Beckwith and Bart Baker based upon the novel by Iris Rainer Dart. A stage musical adaptation has long been rumored for Broadway; it played Chicago's Drury Lane in 2015.

Menzel won her Tony for her performance in Wicked.

(Updated January 23, 2017)
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