In this adaptation of Carrie Fisher's semiautobiographical novel, an actress struggles to kick her drug addiction while coming to terms with her domineering mother. Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) has grown up as the spoiled daughter of famous Hollywood star Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine). Although she has talent, Suzanne can't seem to get out from under her mother's shadow. The two women have grown apart, but they're forced back together again after Suzanne has a near-fatal overdose. Because of Suzanne's drug problem, the insurers of the film she's working on make her stay with someone who can keep an eye on her during production. As a result, Suzanne winds up moving back home with her mother--which might not be ideal, considering Doris's addiction to booze. Director Mike Nichols guides an all-star cast (that also includes Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, and Annette Bening) through this entertaining look at the dark side of showbiz.
Easily worth the time. It turns out that it is more Shirley MacLaine's movie -- Meryl Streep is great but the movie just seemed to tilt toward the doyenne. Still, Ms. Streep singing, "You Don't Know Me" is a higholight of the first third of the film.
Pros: ..... Cons: ....... A hard look into the background of Hollywood and the movie kingdom. Meryl Strepp plays the part of a drug addicted actress, though good at her job she finds the lure of cocaine just a little friendlier. While visiting the bed of a lover (Dennis Quaid), she OD's and he whips her off to the hospital. In the hospital she is romanced by her doctor Richard Dreyfuss. Of course, the entire problem with her … more