This film is entertaining moving and very very funny with a bit of Hollywood cheese as the topping. Whoopie gives the best of comic edges, responsible for making it a cinema classic in my oippinion. Yes it has dated over the last 19 years but are there many films that don't suffer over such a large span of time? Once you get past the minor distraction of the 80's styling you will be carried along by the plot, music and the comedy.
If you have not yet seen this film you really should, it will make you both laugh and cry even 20 years on even if you have seen it before.