David Browne
October 27, 1995 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Starting Over

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
performer
Jill Clayburgh, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen
director
Alan J. Pakula
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
James L. Brooks
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C

The queen of Nashville commerce celebrates herself — the 20th anniversary of her first recording contract, that is — with an album of covers. None is as bad as her earlier desecration of ”Respect,” but her renditions of Linda Ronstadt’s ”You’re No Good” or Crystal Gayle’s ”Talking in Your Sleep” are wax-museum re-creations of the originals, and Bobby Bare’s ’60s weeper ”Five Hundred Miles Away From Home” becomes mall background music. Pleasant at best, superfluous at worst, and useful mainly as further proof that the roots of modern country continue to lie in singer-songwriter pop.

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