Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 14,1990
Women on the
Postcards from Streep and Shirle
the Edge rovided with a pot
'rdden plot and to
dir. Mike Nichols and they're still ex
by David Lubliner winner.
Postcards is th
T of Carrie Fisher
There are no good roles for women graphical novel o
in Hollywood. The book spent w
It seems that unless you carry a York Times best-se
gun, race a stock car or sweat pro- reviews as th
fusely, you don't have much worth ran out-of-work act
at the powerful movie studios, aindot-fwork actoly
While Hollywood concentrates it find work in Holly
efforts on releasing countless male- self of a severe dru
oriented action fims which deliver at The film's scrip
the box office, it abandons its un-Fisher, replaces thi
derused female talent. The opportuni- tentially gripping
ties for strong female roles have di- tritely poignant rela
minished, especially within the typi- an older female m
cal summer line-up of action struggling actress d
movies. reads more like "T
movis. . ment Goes to Hol
Postcards from the Edge, directed the mother-daughte
by Mike Nichols, is further proof of promise, it veers
this ongoing syndrome. Two ac- ally empty, tear-jer]
tresses of enormous talent, Meryl
y MacLaine, are
or script, a clich6-
its of makeup -
pected to deliver a
e film adaptation
f the same name.
eeks on The New
ller list, receiving
he telling story of
tress struggling to
wood and rid her-
t, also written by
s interesting, po-
premise with a
ovie star and her
aughter. The film
Terms of Endear-
er relationship has
off into emotion-
Meryl Streep stars as the younger
actress, Suzanne Vale, who attempts
to rebuild her life and career after be-
ing released from a drug rehabilita-
tion clinic. Unfortunately, the hon-
chos of Hollywood refuse to touch
Suzanne because of her history with
drug use and her poor track record.
Only if she agrees to live with a
"responsible party" while shooting a
film, will she be hired. Enter Shirley
MacLaine as that responsible party.
The first half of the film follows
Suzanne's funny, and often touch-
ing, encounters with the sundry
aspects of the film business. She
mistakenly falls for a chauvinistic
movie producer, played by Dennis
Quaid. She is reduced to acting in bit
parts of B-movies. Rob Reiner's
cameo as another impersonal pro-
ducer provides one of the most
comic moments of the film. Nichols
treats his audience to an insider's
look at the powers-that-be in Holly-
The latter half, however, consists
of nothing but sappy, poorly-written
scenes between mother and daughter.
Their overly emotional moments to-
gether become far too drawn-out and
overbearing. In the end, one is sim-
ply left bored, rather than affected,
by their relationship.
Despite all of the film's short-
comings, Meryl Streep proves once
again that she is one of the most tal-
ented actresses working today. Her
credible performance holds the film
together when it gets extremely
close to falling apart. Streep has the
wonderful knack to be effective
without overdoing the emotion.
Last month, Meryl Streep deliv-
ered a speech to the Screen Actors
Guild in which she discussed the
Avoid the Rush!.
You are already accepted at
Why are these people smiling? Perhaps Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine) is saying, "So, you-think you're going
to bed my daughter tonight," to sexy movie producer Jack Falkner (Dennis Quaid) before he takes out her out-
of-work actress daughter Suzanne (Meryl Streep) in Postcards From The Edge.
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