Melissa Pierson
November 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Mrs. Winterbourne

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
performer
Brendan Fraser, Ricki Lake, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Krakowski
director
Richard Benjamin
genre
Romance, Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Some videos belong on drugstore shelves next to cough drops and Kleenex because they’re perfect flu remedies: diverting, undemanding — and not worth watching in good health. Mrs. Winterbourne, loosely based on a Cornell Woolrich mystery, is one such palliative. Lake is charming as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who, thanks to an accident on the tracks, gets mistaken for the aristocratic widow of a millionaire’s recently deceased son. Taken in by her new mother-in-law (MacLaine) and her ”husband’s” twin (Brendan Fraser), this Cinderella finds herself enmeshed in a plot full of marshmallow fluff. The ending is, of course, happy. Yours will be too, after taking your video NyQuil and having a good rest. B-

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