- Actors: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty, Elisabeth Shue
- Directors: Michael Hoffman
- Writers: Andrew Bergman, Robert Harling
- Producers: Aaron Spelling, Alan Greisman, Herbert Ross, Joel Freeman, Victoria White
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Paramount
- VHS Release Date: March 10, 1998
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302221587
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The misadventures center around Celeste's fear of losing her audience as she has entered her forties, and reach the crisis point with the arrival of her niece, aspiring actress Cori Craven (Elisabeth Shue) who turns out NOT to be her niece, with ensuing plot complications. Cori manages to get a small part in the soap opera as a homeless deaf mute before discovering her true relationship to Celeste (and to Jeffrey Anderson as well)--but never mind.
As a romantic counterpoint or foil to the leads are Robert Downey Jr. (soap opera director, David Barnes) and Cathy Moriarty (Montana and Nurse Nan). David Barnes is oh so hot for her, but she cares only about one thing: getting rid of Celeste so that she might shine more brightly on the set. To this end she gets Barnes to do all sorts of things to wreck Celeste's career, but through happenstance and/or a perverse logic, all his attempts go awry, much to the delight of the viewer.Read more ›
Now, when I first saw it in theaters when I was around 14 or so, I was not as big a fan of it because I wasn't as big of a soap watcher. As I've seen more of the soaps and their surrounding culture that this film lampoons so closely, I find the humor to be spot on.
At this point, I've seen the film so many times that I can recite Celeste's speech about giving up her baby by heart. I know how many people Montana Moorehead attempts to seduce and how many she succeeds in seducing. I know that the producer David is a sniveling pig opportunist who embraces every twist that manages to work in his favor.
The script is hysterical. Line after line is quotable. And though I wouldn't call it a great movie, it's certainly an immense amount of good fun.
And the cast is top-notch, as well. At this point, the Oscar nominees and winners in the cast are: Cathy Moriarty, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Kline and Sally Field. The film also features funny appearances from notables like Garry Marshall, Teri Hatcher, Costas Mandylor and Carrie Fisher. Oh, and to show its daytime TV savvy, Finola Hughes ("All My Children"), Stephen Nichols ("General Hospital"), John Tesh (late of "Entertainment Tonight") and Leeza Gibbons also make appearances.
The action begins with Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) plotting with David Seton Barnes (Robert Downy, Jr.), TV exec, to get the older Celeste Talbert (Sally Field) kicked off the show so that Montana can be the new star. David is motivated to help Montana because he wants romantic time alone with Montana; and together David and Montana cook up all sorts of ideas to kick Celeste off the show--none of which work.
Of course, it doesn't help them when Rose Schwartz (Whoopi Goldberg), head writer for The Sun Also Sets, strongly opposes Celeste being written off the show. In the wildest stunt to make Celeste miserable, Montana and David plan to bring Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline) back to the show. Hilarious complications ensue between Celeste and Jeffrey as a blossoming romance slowly heats up between Celeste's niece Lori Craven (Elizabeth Shue) and Jeffrey.
Look for some great acting by Whoopi Goldberg and Sally Field is excellent as Celeste Talbert. Garry Marshall also plays the part of studio big wig Edmund Edwards with panache. Excellent!
Will Celeste eventually be driven off the show because of some plans of Montana and David? What will happen when Edmund Edwards and his peers decide to air a live installment during which Celeste, Jeffrey and Lori learn which one of them has to leave to show so that there is more peace behind the scenes?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this movie. It is has camp value and fun.
Kevin Kline is hilarious, as is Sally Field. Kathy Moriarity -- also fantastic as Montana Moorehead. Read more
Love this movie, haven't seen it since I was a kid. Still really funny. The box and quality of the product was in good conditionPublished 2 months ago by Jennifer E. Newman
I love this movie. Terrific cast and a very funny story line. Sally Fields is wonderful, Kevin Kline is wonder, heck, the whole cast just has a blast with this and they should. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shodanjon
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