Idina Menzel

'Beaches' is a misguided remake of the classic weepie on Lifetime

'Beaches' is a misguided remake of the classic weepie on Lifetime

Any time a beloved movie or TV series gets a remake, knee-jerk purists howl about it “ruining” the original.

“Beaches,” starring Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) and Nia Long (“The Best Man Holiday”) and airing Saturday on Lifetime, is the rare case of a remake that might actually do just that. Stripped down to a lean 90-minute running time but otherwise faithful to its source material, it exposes the maudlin excess inherent to this tale of female friendship, terminal illness and prime waterfront real estate.

Viewers with a nostalgic soft spot for the 1988 weepie, which featured Bette Midler and Barbara...

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