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A 1981 film based upon the book of the same name.

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Tina bring me the axe!

  • May 19, 2009
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Mommie Dearest is a hatchet job on the life of Joan Crawford that was written by her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. Some of the things she said about her mother are pretty questionable and real low. However the movie rectified it (somewhat) by portraying her as a spoiled rotten brat who grew up in the good life but could never show her mother any respect despite all the things she has done for her. The film makers still managed to display some of Joan's violent and odd behavior, although they've managed to mix a lot of fact with a healthy dose of fiction.

The film follows the latter part of Ms. Crawford's movie career. Her star is fading and her inability to have children leaves her empty inside. So after a few of her friends pull a few strings she is a proud mother of twins, Christopher and Christina. The daughter feels the wrath of her mad mother and rebels at every chance she gets. As the film goes on, the daughter and mother have a very violent and abusive relationship. Christina no matter how hard she tries cannot escape her mother's shadow. In the end she still get's bogged down by her mother's last laugh from the grave. Will Christina ever win?

The movie does nobody any favors. Everyone comes out smelling like rubbish in the end. Joan is a psycho woman defined and Christina is nothing more than a spoiled brat who doesn't know how good she had it. Alas, the winners of this war are cult film lovers. Faye Dunaway looks like a drag queen and Diana Scarwid is too attractive to play Chrstina (the real deal was a woof!). Cheap shots and laughs for all involved. Good for a few laughs and all forgotten. If you want the whole story go to your local used book store or second hand and find a copy of Mommie Dearest. Loads of fun!

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May 19, 2009
Well, Joan Crawford did look a little like a drag queen, herself. It's those crazy eyebrows.
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A Hollywood adaptation of the controversial biography written by Joan Crawford's adopted daughter Christina.
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Director: Frank Perry
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 1981
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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