Isn't She Great (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Bland material produces entirely forgettable comic performances.

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Jacqueline Susann spent a long career on the edges of show business as an actress and model, but it never really paid off until she quit acting to write her first novel. Valley of the Dolls was a proudly sleazy potboiler that sold 26 million copies and had readers wondering which characters matched up to which real-life show-biz figures. Susann wrote several other successful novels, but fame and fortune didn't make her life any less tumultuous; she had well-publicized problems with drugs and alcohol and a series of free-wheeling affairs, although she stayed with her husband Irving Mansfield until her death in 1974 at the age of 56. Isn't She Great is a screen biography that focuses on Susann's roller-coaster literary career, with Bette Midler as Susann and Nathan Lane as Mansfield; David Hyde Pierce, Stockard Channing, John Cleese, and Sarah Jessica Parker round out the supporting cast.
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R (adult situations/language)
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Bette Midler
as Jacqueline Susann
Nathan Lane
as Irving Mansfield
John Cleese
as Henry Marcus
David Hyde Pierce
as Michael Hastings
Stockard Channing
as Florence Maybelle
Amanda Peet
as Debbie
John Larroquette
as Maury Manning
Terence Ross
as Radio Actor
Jeffrey Ross
as Shecky
Christopher McDonald
as Brad Bradburn
Paul Benedict
as Prof. Brainiac
Dina Spybey
as Bambi Madison
Leslie Barnette
as Pauline Little
William Hill
as Passerby
Adam Heller
as Howie
Ellen David
as Sylvia
Daniel Ziskie
as Guy's Doctor
Anna Lobell
as Receptionist
David Costabile
as Junior Editor
Brett Gillen
as Man with Bicycle
Olga Merediz
as Mrs. Ramirez
Clebert Ford
as Claude
Dick Henley
as Doorman
Sonia Benezra
as Manicurist
Maurice Carlton
as Orderly No. 1
Edward B. Goldstein
as Eddie In Lindy's
Larry Block
as Herbie
Jack Eagle
as Waiter
Le Clanche Du Rand
as Lissy Hastings
Elizabeth Lawrence
as Mimsy Hastings
Helen Stenborg
as Aunt Abigail
John Cunningham
as Nelson Hastings
John Moore
as News Anchor
Richard McConomy
as Harry Gladrey
Lisa Bronwyn Moore
as Irma Gladrey
Steven McCarthy
as Book Nook Clerk
James Villemaire
as Jim Morrison
Sam Street
as Truman Capote
Sheena Larkin
as Saleswoman
Frank Vincent
as Aristotle Onassis
David Lawrence
as Steve Lawrence
Debbie Gravitte
as Eydie Gorme
Mickey Toft
as Guy at 6
Ricky Mabe
as Guy at 14
Robin Andrew Wilcock
as Stage Murderer
Jude Beny
as Skeptical Housewife
Jean-Guy Bouchard
as Wolf Whistle Teamster
Carl Alacchi
as Orderly No. 2
David Lawrence
as Steve Lawrence
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Critic Reviews for Isn't She Great

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (23)

The most notable aspect of this trashy (but unenjoyable) biopic of Jacquleine Susann, Valley of the Doll's best-selling author, is its running time (93 minutes); Bette Midler and Nathan Lane give two of their worst and broadest performances.

Full Review… | December 14, 2006
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Lane's sweetness, his naughty wiliness and his dapper charm all make his performance wonderful to watch.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Salon.com
Top Critic

Amusing, light entertainment.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

A surprisingly warm and engaging entertainment.

December 31, 1999
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Isn't She Great

This was a huge disapointment for me. You have a talented cast:Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, John Cleese, David Hyde Pierce, Stockard Channing and Amanda Peet. Plus, a talented screenwriter Paul Rudnick(In & Out)and a talented director Andrew Bergman(The Freshman)now why did this movie failed? The film does not flow very well and the movie seems choppy due to large portions of this film probably ended up on the cutting room floor giving the audiences no time to care for the two main characters and the supporting players are used as decorations and wasted. Midler tends to become annoying in certain places and not allowing sympathy in key moments like her struggle with cancer. Channing delivers the one liners with such zest, she would have captured the spirit of Jacqueline Susann better than Midler. The enjoyable scenes are with Midler and Pierce but if the movie would have been a satire instead of being a biopic, it would have worked.

Orlando Diaz
Orlando Diaz
½

Interesting for the pop culture history but otherwise not so great.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Not the screaming camp-fest I expected. Most of the time I was feeling really bad for Jaquie. The best scene was when she cracked it at God.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer

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