Postcards From the Edge

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Uniting a pair of powerhouse talents with a smart, sharply written script, Postcards from the Edge makes compelling drama out of reality-inspired trauma.

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Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on a slippery slope as a recovering addict. On exit from rehab, it is recommended she stay with her mother, who has become a somewhat champion drinker herself. Suzanne therefore struggles to maintain her sobriety and her sanity in the company of Doris.

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  • Jun 11, 2013
    Meryl Streep is amazing in this. The script is wonderful and the mother/daughter rivalry is expertly realized by Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
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  • Feb 16, 2012
    A fairly funny and poignant drama inspired by Carrie Fisher's novel of the same title. There is excellent chemistry here which isn't surprising considering that Mike Nichols is the director.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2010
    A cute little comedy with obvious influences from the inspiring book written by none other than Carrie Fisher. Her biting wit and Hollywood insight made for a highly original film. At the front of the cast is the amazing Meryl Streep who portrays another junkie looking for a reason to feel. The great Shirley Maclaine plays a loving caricature of Debbie Reynolds, the main drama in a film that badly needed it. It lacks a balance, but is entertaining.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow Director: Mike Nichols Summary: Carrie Fisher's scathing, hilarious and confessional novel -- adapted from her own best-seller about a woman (Meryl Streep) who becomes addicted to drugs while pursuing a Hollywood acting career -- makes a successful transition to the big screen. Shirley MacLaine enjoys her best role in years as Streep's self-absorbed mother, a faded movie queen who meddles in her daughter's affairs and doesn't believe time has passed her by. My Thoughts: "How could you not want to see a film that has two great actresses as the leading ladies. Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine play mother and daughter, it doesn't get any better then this. They were both amazing in their roles of course. The film also has a very talented supporting cast, from Dennis Quaid to Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfuss. Also a little cameo from Annette Bening. The film gives you a glimpse of the show biz world and what it was like for a daughter to not only grow up with a famous mother, but to also be in the spot light. The film has some great one-liners from Meryl's character Suzanne. It's funny in that dark comedy way. Which is exactly what this film is, a dark comedy. The relationship between mother and daughter is one of love and hate. The hate mostly coming from the daughter's end. The mother could be quite smothering at times. I thought it was a great film. One I wouldn't mind seeing again."

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