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She-Devil

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr., Linda Hunt, Sylvia Miles
  • Directors: Susan Seidelman
  • Writers: Barry Strugatz, Fay Weldon, Mark R. Burns
  • Producers: Susan Seidelman, G. Mac Brown, Jonathan Brett
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N89S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "She-Devil" on IMDb

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This has to be one of my favorite movies from the 80's. Watch out, when Ruth Patchett (played by the queen of comedy Roseanne) gets ticked off she can cause a lot of damage (and laughs!!!)!! Her worthless excuse of a husband Bob (Ed Begley Jr.) is at the center of Ruth's rage in this comedy about revenge. Roseanne's character learns that she is better than whatever her no-good husband thinks of her, and she sets out to prove him wrong and learns how to start a new life along the way. Meryl Streep's (Mary Fisher) character is totally over-the-top and the perfect addition to this already campy classic. Mary Fisher is a cross between Joan Crawford and Jackie Collins.

There are so many funny scenes in this movie. Perhaps the funniest is when Bob drives Ruth home from the party in the beginning of the film. Poor Ruth has to sit in the back seat of their two-door car while Mary Fisher sits in the front next to her husband! And the bum doesn't even have the common decency to drive Ruth to the door, instead dropping her off a block away from the house! It was also a hoot when Ruth drops off the kids (Andy & Nicolette) at Miss Fisher's because "the children would like to see their father." And of course we can't forget Mary Fisher's kooky mother. Sylvia Mills plays the senior Mrs. Fisher with such comedy and finesse; Mary Fisher's mother almost takes as much joy out of wrecking Mary's perfect lifestyle as Ruth does, almost! And finally, I can't leave out the wonderful character Hooper played by Linda Hunt. Hooper is a dowdy old nurse-maid that helps Ruth start the business Vesta Rose for the harried and hopeless women of New York.
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She-Devil a great dark comedy about revenge. BoB (Ed Begley Jr.) is bored of his blah wife who just can't seem to do anything right...so he decides to have an affair with romance novelist Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep). He leaves suburbia, his kids and wife, so Ruth (Roseanne) decides to show him how bad life can really be. After burning down the house, dumping the kids at the pretty pink palace by the sea and breaking Mary Fisher's mom out of a nursing home, she and a friend start an employment agency to help women in similar situations. By placing the right women in the right jobs, Bob soon learns hell hath no fury like a woman scorned when he ends up with nothing and no one, all because he crossed the wrong woman.
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She-Devil is among the few dark comedies that gained popularity in the late 80's early 90's period. It has been closely associated with such classics as Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her and War Of The Roses starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny Devito). She Devil is based on a novel by the same name. Roseanne Barr stars as the irrepressible Ruth Patchett, Ed Begley Jr as her cheating husband and a delightful Meryl Streep as his mistress romance novelist Mary Fisher. The captivating premise revolves around Ruth's plot to exact revenge on her unfaithful husband. We are generally sympathetic with her (or at least I was when I saw the film) because she truly does not deserve such a fallible and inconsiderate husband especially after being good to him and raising his children. Roseanne steals the show as she takes revenge step by step straight out of her list of wicked deeds. The script and dialogue is witty and packed with humor. Memorable characters further enhance this black comedy, characters such as Mary Fisher's elderly mother who dislikes her daughter for selfishly shutting her out of her life and putting her in the care of an old folks home to which she later avenges by blabbing to a sleazy tabloid that Mary Fisher was a promiscious woman. Ed Begley Jr. is quite good as the cheating husband who later tires of living with his mistress/mother to his kids replacement Mary Fisher and takes on a new mistress his own office secretary. He is involved in fraudulent scams and eventually Ruth makes it possible for him to be imprisoned. He does seem to have learned his lesson by the end of the film.Read more ›
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Rosanne Barr, plays Ruth Patchette, a housewife, who enjoys reading romance novels written by Mary Fisher, played by the talented Meryl Streep. When she and her husband, Bob, come across Mary accidently, things take a hilariously and adventurous turn for the wife. The writer she so idolized, is having an affair with her husband. Her husband leaves her and the children for greener pastures. Rather than feeling sorry for herself, she purposely burns down her house (a cue taken by Waiting to Exhale) and sends the children to Mary Fisher's estate to live with her and Bob.

Ruth goes off to find Mary's mother in revenge for destroying her marriage and thwarting her romantic notions of love and marriage. She sets out to a nursing home finding the Mrs. Fisher and sending her to live with Mary wreaking havoc for her ungrateful daughter and adopted family. Mary's world is no longer filled with beautiful dreams as her novels. Her dreamy world is like that of Ruth's as a dreaded wife and mother. Ruth further embarks on building a business that will help empower women and bring down her husband.

Every wife and mistress should watch "She-Devil". Rosanne's performance as a wife scorned hits close to home and Meryl's portrayal of a mistress to not expect a bed of roses and for both to not settle for less. This movie is hilarious to watch as the transformation lives are wrecked and resurrected.
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