Written July 27, 2008
I never saw this movie in the theater, but I've seen it a number of times on TV. It is one of my top 10 favorite movies! It has a sweet wackiness about it and the parts are perfectly cast with Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Street at the at-odds show business mother and daughter.
I enjoy it thoroughly every time I see it! Who knew that Meryl Street could sing so well?
Written May 12, 2009
Mike Nichols had all the right elements going into the making of the movie version of Carrie Fisher's best-selling, semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.#1 First and foremost is this stellar cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MaClaine, Dennis Quaid, Richard Dreyfuss, Mary Wickes, etc, etc, etc.#2 A razor-sharp script adapted by Fisher herself that is alternately a humorous and heart-breaking examination of celebrity and and the price you pay after falling from grace #3 A terrifically skewed look at the inner-workings of the back-lots and subterfuge of Hollywood! What results is a fabulous comedy drama with two of the industry's best actresses playing off each other's internal rhythms marvelously and baring their souls for the camera. ( Not to forget 2 or 3 knockout musical numbers to add the price of admission! ;) All in all - a terrifically entertaining movie!!