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Best Friends; Swing Shift

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No one sobs more adorably than Goldie Hawn. In Best Friends, she and Burt Reynolds are the compadres in question, cohabiting screenwriters who get married. (Coauthors Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin loosely based the script on their relationship.) Their disastrous honeymoon is spent meeting each other’s folks, and before long, Goldie’s welling up. Like its star, the film is sweet and lovable, but a tad thin. The serio-comedy Swing Shift focuses on the women who took factory jobs when their men went off to fight WWII. Belying the notion that war entails sacrifice, Goldie gets to fool around with Kurt Russell (with whom she fell in love during filming) when hunky hubby Ed Harris enlists. But despite strong performances from Hawn and the marvelous Christine Lahti as the ballsy dame who befriends her, Shift still plays like female empowerment lite. Best Friends: B Swing Shift: B-