CORRINA, CORRINA

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Release Date: August 12, 1994

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta, Tina Majorino, Wendy Crewson, Larry Miller, Erica Yohn, Jenifer Lewis, Joan Cusack, & Don Ameche

Genre: Comic drama

Audience: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 116 minutes

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Director: Jessie Nelson

Executive Producer: Ruth Vitale & Bernie Goldmann

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Writer: Jessie Nelson

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(C, L, A, M) Highly secularized Christian ideology that is essentially relativistic; positive portrayal of Christian character; 2 obscenities & 3 profanities; alcohol use; and, mature themes of death & racism.

Summary:

In CORRINA, CORRINA, young Molly Singer's question about where her mother has gone after her death is examined by both her atheistic father and their new Christian nanny and housekeeper, Corrina (Whoopie Goldberg). This is a well-crafted comic drama with lots of good humor, a positive portrait of Christianity and few objectionable elements, aside from some adult themes involving death and racism.

Review:

At the center of Jessie Nelson's semi-autobiographical story, CORRINA, CORRINA, is a question: Where did Molly Singer's mother go when she died? Five-year-old Molly does not know the answer and refuses to speak to anyone for weeks after her mother's funeral. Molly's young, atheistic father professes not to share Molly's confusion, yet he watches home movies of his wife with a clear expression of longing to know what has become of her. The question remains throughout the movie and is answered in many ways by the Singer's new Christian nanny and housekeeper, Corrina, played by Whoopi Goldberg.

The message the director is sending is clear: that although Christian belief in Heaven is merely a nicety, it is one that atheists should not begrudge. After all, the director seems to say, we all need to get by somehow. CORRINA, CORRINA is fine entertainment for the whole family, at least in one sense. It is a well-crafted comic drama with lots of good humor and few objectionable elements. Although the movie itself comes up short of answers, CORRINA, CORRINA provides an excellent platform for parents to teach their children about the Christian understanding of death.

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