Melanie Griffith stars in this 1993 film as Billie Dawn, an ex-showgirl bimbo to millionaire businessman Harry Brock (John Goodman). Unbeknownst to the 'slightly' stupid and clueless Billie, Harry has a plan to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. He goes off to Washington DC to start his campaign taking Billie along with him. After a while, Billie is found to be an incredible embarrassment to all social situations, forcing Harry to make a quick decision. Instead of sending her away, he gets reporter Paul Verrall (Don Johnson) to help Billie 'get some more smarts'. While Billie begins to fall for the handsome reporter, she also discovers herself becoming intelligent and starts questioning her boyfriend.
When I watched the 1950 version of the movie "Born Yesterday", I instantly fell in love with it. With the incredible acting done by Judy Holliday and William Holden, "Born Yesterday" is just a classic! So when I saw the 1993 version at the rental store, I just had to see how it would be. Unfortunately, the movie just suffered by comparison to the original though standing by itself it's not that bad.
The story itself pretty much stays along the guidelines of the original plot. It was a bit disappointing though that a sense of the patriotism Americdans have towards their country isn't given to the viewer at all. When Judy Holliday was going all over Washington DC visiting all the sites, for example the White House, you couldn't help but be drawn through the visits yourself. The movie has it's very funny moments, but some of the time the lines just didn't seem to be delivered well.
The best acting in the movie was done by Don Johnson and John Goodman. Don Johnson is DEFINITELY no William Holden, but he does hold his character together. Plus I couldn't really compare William Holden with Johnson since their characters were different. In my opinion, if they really wanted to cast someone as William Holden, I would have chosen Kevin Costner or Robert Redford, who I'm sure could have done it fairly well. John Goodman was just incredible, I could see a lot of "The Babe" from him in which he starred as Babe Ruth. Unfortunately, Melanie Griffith was pretty awful, sorry to say. While Judy Holliday had gotten an Oscar award for best actress, Melanie Griffith received the Razzie award for worst actress. I don't know about being the worst actress, but I do agree she just couldn't seem to handle her character of Billie.
The movie is rated PG for some innuendos and language so parents should be sure to watch with younger kids. I can't say I really recommend this movie but I do urge people to see it if they were interested. But I must I can recommend people to see the 1950 version "Born Yesterday". Certainly a fantastic movie, it's a family favorite of mine and I HIGHLY recommend it!