To Die For (1995)
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The price of fame is murder -- or at least it is in the mind of one woman in New Hampshire. Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) has spent most of her life wanting to be famous; she's attractive, speaks well, and imagines herself to be intelligent ("imagines" is the key word here), so she has set her sights on becoming a TV anchorwoman. However, opportunities for female broadcasters are hard to come by in Little Hope, New Hampshire, and she's convinced that her husband, the once handsome but now flabby
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As Jimmy, the teen sap who falls hard for Suzanne, Joaquin Phoenix is dead-eyed yet touchingly vulnerable -- a mush-mouthed angel.
If, like me, you find things to admire in all of Gus Van Sant's early films, you may be especially gratified by what he's done with a satirical anti-TV script by Buck Henry.
If you've hitherto failed to respond to the laid-back oddball appeal of Van Sant's movies, fear not: this is a sharp, consistently funny blend of black comedy and satire on the deleterious effects of television.
Like Roseanne, Gus Van Sant refuses to compromise his trademark smarty-pants assault on storybook America.
A mean-spirited satire, told in mock-tabloid style, this film features the best performance of Nicole Kidman to date (better than The Hours for which she won an Oscar), as an amoral small-town girl obsessed with becoming a TV star.
Gus Van Sant directed this sharp black comedy about the obsession with television and celebrity culture.
Wicked, Wonderful and Wonderously performed
Exquisite media satire, as good as "Network" in its way.
A vicious pitch black satire on the public's fascination with violent crime.
Great black comedy featuring Kidman's best performance
Wickedly funny and cleverly told.
This film is witty and smart and funny. That's a rare combination these days.
If only this was nearly as funny as it thinks it is.
Audience Reviews for To Die For
- Lydia Mertz: [about Jimmy] He says that he needs to see you and that he's dying of love.
- Suzanne Stone Maretto: [to Lydia about Russell and Jimmy] It's their word against mine. Who are they? Bunch of 16-year-old losers who grew up in trailers whose parents sit around drinking and screwing their cousins! [laughs] I'm a professional person, for Christ's sake. I come from a good home. Who do you think a jury would believe?
- Suzanne Stone Maretto: I think if you wanted a babysitter, you should marry Mary Poppins
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