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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM

What do “Speed” and “Date Night” have in common?

In a rush this morning, as I have to get my review of “Date Night” written up. (In a nutshell: sweet, funny movie.) But it occurred to me on the way home last night that “Date Night” is the latest entry in a trivia category that I’m particularly and inexplicably fond of; that is, Movies In Which the Leading Lady Wears the Same Outfit Pretty Much All the Way Through. Tina Fey spends most of “Date Night” in a pretty blue cocktail dress that becomes appropriately bedraggled by the end of the night, and it made me think of Sandra Bullock in her print dress in “Speed,” or Helen Hunt in her white tank top and jeans in “Twister” (Helen gets bonus points here, as in the middle of the film she takes a shower and then gets dressed in what’s presumably a clean version of the exact same outfit, and yes, I am somewhat ashamed that I remember this so clearly), or, the grandmother of them all, Judy Garland in her blue-checked frock in “The Wizard of Oz.” But I’m sure there are some more recent examples. Note that this applies to civilian clothing only; uniforms (i.e. “Star Trek”) don’t count. (Yes, I am aware that I have given way too much thought to this.) I’m going to go away and write a review now, but if you think of any others, just chime in.

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