Sabrina

on December 15, 1995 by Christine James
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   This remake of the 1954 film starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden is only somewhat successful. Ugly-duckling-into-swan stories are fun, but the lead characters here lack the charisma to make this romantic comedy sufficiently believable or engaging.
   Gawky chauffeur's daughter Sabrina (Julia Ormond) has long nursed a crush on dashing but oblivious David (Greg Kinnear), younger brother of billionaire Linus (Harrison Ford). After a trip to Paris, it's Beautiful Swan time, but Sabrina's transformation from naive child into self-assured sophisticate is hazy; really, all she's gotten from her time in France are photography lessons, a new hairstyle and an improved sense of fashion. But an already engaged David is smitten; to salvage the wedding, Linus resolves to prove it's the opulent lifestyle Sabrina is in love with, not the man; of course, he falls in love with her himself.
   Why either sibling finds her so alluring remains unclear. She's beautiful and sincere, and utters several wise thoughts, but one would expect more from a woman who arouses two of the nation's most eligible men. Linus is scripted as a wooden kind of guy, but Ford's portrayal is almost petrified. Newcomer Kinnear is fantastic, but his exuberant performance can't offset the lack of chemistry between Ford and Ormond.    Starring Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Written by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel. Produced by Scott Rudin and Sydney Pollack. A Paramount release. Romantic comedy. Rated PG for some mild language. Running time: 127 min.
Tags: Starring Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear, Directed by Sydney Pollack, Barbara Benedek, David Rayfiel, Scott Rudin, Sydney Pollack, A Paramount release, Romantic comedy, crush, fashion, love, sincere
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