To her credit, LaMarque clearly recognizes how icky her conceit is, even as she mines it for romantic comedy and sappy self-discovery. The movie’s strongest stretch by far occurs near the end, when Laurel finally reveals the truth; the people she cares about are as horrified and appalled by this revelation as they would be in real life, and Lynch gives Laurel and Audrey’s dad an astonishingly conflicted reaction to the news, picking up his surviving daughter with an anguished cry, and seeming to hug and strangle her simultaneously. Basel is also appropriately disgusted, though convention demands he reluctantly forgive Laurel in time for a closing clinch.
The Pretty One
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