Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Ricki Lake is a homeless pregnant girl taken in by a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) who mistakes her for her dead son’s newlywed in this formulaic comedy. Crude but unaffected, the girl charms the widow and her son (Brendan Fraser) while fretfully harboring her real identity.

MacLaine and Fraser are first-rate, but Lake keeps the film from being as fun as the similar “While You Were Sleeping.” Rated PG-13.

GRADE: C+

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