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|Postcards from the Edge|
Actors: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss
Director: Mike Nichols
Genres: Comedy, Drama
SUBSTANCE-ADDICTED HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS SUZANNE VALE IS ON THE SKIDS. AFTER A SPELL AT A DETOX CENTRE HER FILM COMPANY INSISTS AS A CONDITION OF CONTINUING TO EMPLOY HER THAT SHE LIVE WITH HER MOTHER DORIS MANN, HERSELF ONCE ... more »
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Mary L. (marymix) from NANTUCKET, MA
Reviewed on 4/16/2010...
This is foremost a movie about finding yourself and defining yourself both outside and inside the context of your family. I was surprised at how nicely this movie came out. It's not a drug cliche, neither glamourous nor gritty, not a tale of excess such as you might expect of a movie about Hollywood and drugs. The movie feels very normal and real - or at least as real as a movie can be that has Shirley MacLaine in her normal over-the-top kind of role. Meryl Streep proves once again how good an actress she is as her identity disappears into this character. The movie was rated R in 1990, but I think it might get a PG-13 rating today. This would be a good movie to watch with your teenagers in order to start a discussion. It doesn't have a preachy tone at all but the message is very plain that taking control of your self and your life is a happier path than drinking, drugs, and casual sex.
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"You're the realest person I've ever met in the abstract."
D. Knouse | vancouver, washington United States | 01/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"4.5 stars. The best thing about this DVD, besides the great script and fantastic cast of fine actors, is the price. Brand new, this DVD is under ten dollars?! I should write this review emphasizing that fact alone. As for the writing, it is excellent and witty and cerebral and dramatic, and it is all the more evident with all the incredible actors making the words their own. This exceptional cast includes former Oscar-winners Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Hackman, and Richard Dreyfuss. Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, and Annette Bening also have good performances here and are worth mentioning. But the finest actor in this film is Meryl Streep, with yet another Oscar-nominated performance, this time showing great comedic timing with hilarious expressions and delivering her dialogue with impeccable precision. I'll stop now, before I wax rhapsodic. The script is sharp and intelligent, the acting is superb all around, and the price for this DVD is amazing! Thank you."
Carrie Fisher's Magnum Opus
Book 'Em, Danno | Minneapolis, MN USA | 10/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a revelation. I never knew what a movie could be until this film. Sweet, sentimental, dramatic, heart-wrenching and fall-down funny all in one movie. Meryl Streep shines and is more accessible than ever before. Shirley MacLaine is luminous as ever. Mary Wickes (Grandma) is hilarious and ended a wonderful career with this and "Sister Act," forever cementing herself as a 20th century fixture. Robin Bartlett (Aretha) is also a delight. A wonderfully written and awesomely acted story. Highest of recommendations for one and all, especially anyone who's interested in the "behind the scenes" aspect of Hollywood."
Hollywood glitz, glamor, and worms
Fruit Loop | Down South | 01/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great cinematic rendition of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel with wonderful performances from Shirley MacLaine as the aging screen queen and Meryl Streep as her star-druggie daughter. The cameos are wonderful...Richard Dreyfuss as the doc who pumps Streep's stomach?! Gene Hackman as Streep's suffering director...the list goes on. The "bad" thing is that we're left with one big unanswered question - when is Meryl Streep going to record a real album? Her voice is incredible! Fun, funny, and all too true - this one's a winner."