Postcards From the Edge

1990, Comedy/Drama, 1h 41m

32 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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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  • May 04, 2021
    Does anyone nail mother-daughter dysfunction better than Shirley MacLaine? Good luck countering that argument. 'Postcards' is focused more on social coping and the job strain of addiction recovery rather than the habitual trappings of substance abuse, which works as its strength and gels effortlessly with Nichols's penchant for finding the humor in his protagonists' suffering. Plus, I'll always have a soft spot for stories about films within a film. There's also an awareness that wasn't present in Nichols's previous Heartburn that frees this particular adaptation of a celebrity penning their own life story. The second Suzanne utters "I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be…art"? Sue me, but I was instantly sold. On top of being an acting showcase for all involved, 'Postcards' is vibrant, cognizant, rich, dramatized cinema I can get behind.
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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.
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