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Comedy movie directed by Susan Seidelman

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  • Jan 22, 2011
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Call me crazy, call this a guilty pleasure, but I happen to like this movie. I know it got generally negative reviews but I think it deserves a fresh rating at least. She-Devil is one of those campy movies of the eighties, and this one is about revenge. It boasts a stellar comedic trio of leads as well as the great Sylvia Miles stealing the show as Meryl Streep's mother. I was never really a big fan of Roseanne. I knew she existed, but I never really knew her comedic style until I saw this movie.

The story is about Ruth (Roseanne), a frumpy housewife who lives in the suburbs with her husband Bob (Ed Begley). They have two children together and seem to live a normal happy life. That is until Bob meets Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep), a glamorous author of romance novels who he starts having an affair with. Ruth knows, but she lives in denial until a falling out at dinner where Bob lashes out and says that life is made up of assets and liabilities. His are:

- A home
- A family
- A job
- Freedom

Ruth leaves Bob and begins her journey to destroy all four of Bob's assets. First, she burns down their house, forcing Bob and the kids to move into Mary's pink palace of a mansion. She also gets a job under the name Vesta Rose at a nursing home that Mary pays for for her mother to stay there. Her mother gets kicked out and has to go live with Mary. After she leaves the nursing home, she starts up an employment agency for women. To destroy Bob's job and freedom, she gets a woman named Olivia a job. Olivia starts an affair with Bob and she finds out all his secrets and... I'm not going to tell you the rest.

Do not underestimate this film. It may seem like just another rom-com revenge flick, but its incredibly funny and that is because of its three lead stars. Meryl Streep is quite possibly one of the best actresses of our time, and I had little to no knowledge of Roseanne or Ed Begley beforehand. Not only is Meryl funny, but Roseanne and Ed are hilarious as well. The rest of the stars (except Sylvia Miles) are all in the same camp though. Good, but not great. Nothing further to say, but a great cast for a good movie.

The movie is incredibly funny and to some, it may be kind of relatable. Of course, its taking the concept of the jilted housewife to the extreme, but the underlying message is relatable. This isn't the funniest movie I have seen, but it's definitely funny. Meryl Streep has been more famous for her dramatic work lately and that's great, but this movie proves that she can do comedy too. Like I said, Meryl is one of the best actresses of our time and for good reason.

Is She-Devil a great movie? Well..no, but it's not bad. It's not the best movie ever made, but it deserves better reviews than it got. With stellar actors, good comedy, and a good story with a good underlying message behind it. I would recommend it to those who want a good comedy to waste a rainy day. It may be too campy or rom-comish for some, but you shouldn't judge this book by its cover

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review by . July 01, 2001
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Roseanne Barr and Meryl Streep battle it out in the wacky comedy SHE-DEVIL.Mary Fisher (Streep) is a romance novelist who lives in a pink palace by the sea. Ruth Patchett (Barr) is a frumpy housewife with a bad attitude. They have one thing in common - Bob( Ed Begley Jr) - Mary's lover and Ruth's husband!Ruth decides to get even with her louse of a spouse, so she blows up the house, and frames Bob for embezzlement. Along the way Ruth also digs up Mary's mother in a decaying nursing home, and decides …
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Someone stole her husband...and now there's hell to pay! Roseanne Barr puts a hilarious twist on the domestic goddess persona that made her a star, and Meryl Streep makes you marvel at [her] real comic witchcraft (Newsweek). She-Devil is a film that doesn't stop at mild-mannered prankster revengeit's a funny Fatal Attraction on steroids, with attitude, that's gone bad! Meet Mary Fisher (Streep). She's got it all: a cliff-side villa overlooking the ocean, a wholly satisfying career as a romance novelist...and Ruth Patchett's husband. And when Ruth (Barr) discovers that her social-climbing spouse (Ed Begley, Jr.) has been spending his time at Mary's pink-and-white-monstrosity-by-the-sea, she doesn't just vow to get him back...she vows to get even! Setting out todestroy his business accountsas well as Mary's precious reputation and careerRuth proves the old adage about a woman scornedby delivering up a husband nearly scorched!
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Director: Susan Seidelman
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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