Rent Postcards from the Edge (1990)

3.4 of 5 from 95 ratings
1h 37min
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Based on actress Carrie Fisher's best-selling autobiographical novel, 'Postcards from the Edge' is a wickedly witty expose of life in the Hollywood fast lane. In a brilliant comic performance, Meryl Streep stars as Suzanne Vale, a wisecracking, vulnerable actress determined to jump start her failing career. As her aging movie star mother, Shirley MacLaine offers the definitive portrait of Hollywood's gutsy glamour queens in scenes spiked with razor-edged humour and searing honesty. Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner and an all-star cast offer a bird's-eye view of Hollywood's has-beens and wanna-bes.
Funny and uncompromising, 'Postcards from the Edge' dishes the Tinseltown dirt with style and wit, serving up a delicious behind-the-scenes comedy that no film lover can resist.
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John Calley, Mike Nichols
Carrie Fisher
Carly Simon, Shel Silverstein
Comedy, Drama
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Run Time:
97 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0, German Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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A mixed success - Postcards from the Edge review by JB

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Penned by the late, great Carrie Fisher based on her own semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge should have been better.

Meryl Streep plays a version of Fisher - a Hollywood star dealing with drug addiction whilst trying to maintain an on-screen career. She has a close but problematic relationship with her mother (Shirley MacLaine) - viewers might find parallels here with the relationship between Fisher and her famous mother, Debbie Reynolds. There's a dodgy boyfriend on the scene, too (Dennis Quaid), who exploits and enables her in equal measure. It all comes to a head where she's checked into a rehab unit following an overdose.

Although the script has plenty of good jokes and Mike Nichols direction plenty of fun touches (particularly visual gags about life on a film set), it feels all a bit inconsequential. For me, there's two big problems. Firstly, Meryl Streep feels a little too earnest or studied, and too squeaky clean to play this role. Secondly, the film has plenty of dark material but focuses on the jokes and in-jokes rather than engage fully with its themes of addiction, mental illness and being a woman in Hollywood. There's a bit on the mother-daughter conflict but even that seems rather evasive.

So although not without its moments, this is a rather thin and superficial film, not helped by a miscast central performance.

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Okay - Postcards from the Edge review by MP

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Not quite what i thought it would be.

Seemed more like a skit than a real life story.

Scarce on drama line, but good acting by Streep and Maclaine. I think it was more a vehicle to show off the two stars though. If the singing was done by Meryl Streep, then i am impressed.

Cannot imagine why Gene Hackman did such a cameo.

It passes time if you are bored one afternoon and have nothing else to do.

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