Comedy: A young woman is mistaken for the fiance of a dead man and is welcomed into his family.
A mixture of "While You Were Sleeping" and any other movie where a girl from the wrong side of the tracks gets to play "dress up," this story revolves around Connie Doyle (RICKI LAKE), a teen who leaves home, shacks up with a disgusting thief, Steve DeCunza (LOREN DEAN) and gets pregnant. Scorned by her live-in boyfriend she hits the road and accidentally ends up on a train headed for Boston. She accidentally meets Hugh and his pregnant wife, Patricia, and quite out of the blue the train derails, killing the husband and wife. Connie awakens in the hospital having delivered her baby and finds that she's accidentally been given the identity of the pregnant wife, Patricia Winterbourne. She reluctantly goes along with the identity and goes to meet for the first time, her dead "husband’s" family. The mother, Grace Winterbourne (SHIRLEY MACLAINE) accepts her right away, while it takes the dead husband’s twin brother, Bill (BRENDAN FRASER) longer to. He’s suspicious of her lack of class, but eventually falls for her as she does him. The story then continues as Connie’s real identity is at risk as is her love affair with Bill as DeCunza returns to thicken the plot.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Maybe. Lake and Frasier may draw them in, and the plot may appeal to younger teenage girls.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some thematic elements and brief strong language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
RICKI LAKE plays a pregnant teenager who goes along with a ruse where she's mistaken for someone she's not.
SHIRLEY MACLAINE plays the mother-in-law who just wants to love her daughter-in-law, even if she isn't the "real" one.
BRENDAN FRASER plays the cynical twin brother who looks down on everything about Lake, and then, for whatever reason, falls in love with her.
Handgun: Chosen by Connie from a gun case filled with many guns.
Handgun: Taken by Connie to DeCunza's motel room, where she aims the handgun at him. Upon realizing that he’s already dead from two gunshots to the chest, she stumbles backwards and accidentally fires off a shot.