→ 02 Aug 13 at 2 am
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Directed by: Mike Nichols Written by: Carrie Fisher (book and screenplay)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Hackman, Dennis Quaid, Robin Bartlett
I wish I could bottle the amazing-ness of how Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine play off each other, even though they only get a few good scenes of dialogue. While the thought of Meryl Streep as a drug addict is totally unbelievable, her character’s use of drugs and alcohol is, and I guess that’s the point to acting in movies, ehh? There isn’t much plot to be had here, but the exchanges, and the dialogue make up for that and are well worth it. You can see how Mike Nichols’s love of dialogue transformed into his later films. Dennis Quaid barely has a role, but it’s funny to see him playing the asshole-like player, and not a family man. I don’t know whether the films portrayal of Hollywood at this time was accurate or not, but I’m guessing it is, and it was almost like watching a movie length female driven version of Entourage. You see the ins and outs of an actress trying to make her own way in the film industry, whilst battling her addiction, and trying to get away from the large shadow her more successful actress mother, casts over her. My favorite moment hands down wasn’t a Meryl moment however, but Shirley MacLaine, singing “I’m Still Here”…it was beyond magnificent.
My rating: 3.5/5