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March 18, 2009

Postcards From the Edge – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review,Uncategorized — smackamack @ 12:13 am

aaaaaaashirleymerylPlot: 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 a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother’s shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems – and further ones to do with the men in in her life – Suzanne can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too.

73428598EM020_Dame_ElizabetThis film was directed by Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilsons War) in 1990 starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Richard Dryfus, and Gene Hackman.  The film is based on Carrie Fishers autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge about the life of herself (Meryl’s character) and her mother Debbie Reynolds (Shirley’s character).  Although the characters go by different names, it is obvious that the film is an autobiographical piece documenting her life with drugs, fame, and most of all her alcoholic mother.  

I first heard about this film when I recently read Carrie Fishers latest book Wishful Drinking.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, but it was definitely entertaining and she wrote a lot about her messed up childhood dealing with her parents.  This is basically why the film interested me…the amazing cast was an obvious added bonus!

Although the film is not brilliant, I really enjoyed it.  It reminded me A LOT of Mommie Dearest (written by Joan Crawfords daughter) and Valley of the Dolls …both of which were mentioned throughout the film.  

34200a1I recommend this film for anyone 17+ (mostly females), and anyone who liked Mommie Dearest.  

I give this film a solid ***1/2.  

Ps. Meryl sings…so yes she did sing before Mamma Mia!

Pss. Denis Quaid was hot…

Psss. I heard Richard Dryfus.

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