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Soapdish (1991)



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In the comedic farce Soapdish, the behind-the-scenes lives of several soap opera actors are just as melodramatic as what is on the screen. Sally Field stars as the star of a declining television show whose career is thrown into turmoil when her rival (Cathy Moriarty) tries to persuade the producer (Robert Downey Jr.) to write Field off the show. Downey attempts this by hiring her niece (Elizabeth Shue) and then her ex-boyfriend (Kevin Kline), who was formerly on the show, but was written out of the program 20 years earlier. Soon, the entire cast is beset with rivalries and love affairs, which are all more complicated and wacky than anything on the television show itself.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Harling, Andrew Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Paramount Home Video


Sally Field
as Celeste Talbert/Magg...
Kevin Kline
as Jeffrey Anderson/Dr....
Teri Hatcher
as Ariel Maloney
Paul Johansson
as Bolt Brennan
Arne Nannestad
as Burton White
Kathy Najimy
as Tawny Miller
Cornelia Kiss
as Receptionist
Ben Stein
as Nitwit
Michael Berkowitz
as Young Autograph Seek...
Amy Nabi
as Woman Shopper
Ivory Ocean
as Bartender
Brick Karnes
as Homeless Man
Phil Leeds
as Old Man
Herta Ware
as Old Woman
Nico DeSilva
as Bus Boy
Gino Lucci
as Bus Driver
John Tesh
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Soapdish

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

Soapdish aims at a satiric target as big as a Macy's float and intermittently hits it.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Top Critic

This movie certainly has its dopey moments, but if you're feeling indulgent you're likely to have a good time with it.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Nothing succeeds like excess, this comedy would have us believe.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Uneven but often sidesplitting.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a kick to see Field sending up her sweetheart image.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Soapdish is pure joy, a lemon-fresh spoof of daytime drama that does the dishing and may even soften your hands.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Soapdish

The show within a show concept is the thing here with the question being: isn't the business of making a show more interesting than the show itself? Played, as daytime television frequently does, larger than life ... the result is the guilty pleasure of this film. Fields and Kline are marvelous.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Soapdish is one of my guilt pleasures...such a funny movie with such good actors such as: Sally Field, Whoopie Goldberg, Elizabeth Shue, Robert Downey Jr, Cathy Moriarty, Kevin Kline, and Teri Hatcher.

This movie directed by Michael Hoffman shows you what happens behind closed doors on a soap opera....apparently another drama ensues...too funny!

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

Great cast, funny parts.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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