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
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Critic Reviews for Soapdish
Soapdish aims at a satiric target as big as a Macy's float and intermittently hits it.
This movie certainly has its dopey moments, but if you're feeling indulgent you're likely to have a good time with it.
It's a kick to see Field sending up her sweetheart image.
Soapdish is pure joy, a lemon-fresh spoof of daytime drama that does the dishing and may even soften your hands.
Soapdish is a flurry of activity without a dedicated core, neutering displays of slapstick and the force of the satiric crescent kick.
Not as funny as the real thing and unlikely to be anywhere near as successful as the leading real-life exponents of the art.
A funny, sharply-written film more pertinent in the Noughties than it was upon its first release.
Way too hard-working for comedy.
Starts off funny, ends up ludicrously funny. Recommended.
Near miss satire.
... this often-hilarious spoof on daytime soap operas achieves much success borrowing from the 'divorce-remarriage' variation of the screwball comedy.
As the private, public and TV lives of these characters begin to unravel and tangle, on the small screen and off, it turns into a genuinely funny comedy.
The plot is contrived and this is hardly a believable picture of how a soap opera is made, but at least the gags are mostly funny.
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.More
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!
Mildly amusing spoof of daytime soap operas with an amiable cast. But the laughable soap opera scenes are far funnier than the behind the scenes antics, and the similar Tootsie is better.More
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