Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: August 12, 1994 Released by: New Line Cinema
Whoopi Goldberg plays Corrina Washington, a nanny hired by Manny Springer (Ray Liotta) to care for his seven-year-old daughter, Molly (Tina Majorino).
The film, which takes place in the 1950s, opens with the funeral of Manny's wife. Little Molly is so devastated by the death of her mom, she stops speaking. As Molly warms up to Corrina, she begins talking again.
Manny's a jingle writer experiencing writer's block. Along with her housekeeping and babysitting, Corrina is also an aspiring writer herself, so she helps Manny with his Jell-O Instant Pudding and Mr. Potato Head jingles.
Because Corrina has helped heal the sense of loss in both his daughter and himself, Manny finds that he is falling for her. Corrina's sense of humor, kindness and the way she responds and cares for his daughter, are very appealing to him. Since this is the 50s, they are aware of the problems that their relationship will cause. His parents (played by the wonderful Don Ameche and Erica Yong), his neighbors and Corrina's family, all disapprove of their interracial romance.
There's a terrific look to this film. Corrina drives around in a turquoise and white 1955 Chevy convertible, hula hoops, Name That Tune on the TV and Louis Armstrong songs playing in the background give it a warm, nostalgic feel.
Corrina is chock full of wonderful performances. Liotta is sensitive and very real as the father. Whoopi, as always, uses her special mix of humor, sass and warmth to make Corrina someone you'd like to have as a friend. And Tina is a little treasure. She's an adorable child who's capable of expressing a variety of real emotions. Whether she's laughing and playful or sad, you believe her - what a find!
Corrina, Corrina is an end of summer treat. All I know is that I smiled an awful lot during this film, and I highly recommend it.