Time: 101 Minutes
AWARDS: Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Streep) and Best Song.
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE is one of my favorites comedies. I watch it whenever it comes on television because no matter how many times I've seen it, it still makes me laugh out loud...and that's a rare treat these days. Streep and MacLaine are two of cinema's most gifted actresses and they dive into this film with complete abandon. I had no idea Streep could be so funny, which should not have come as a surprise. Like their characters, they couldn't be more different as people and performers, but they share a bond that can't be broken immense talent.
Streep plays Suzanne Vale, an actress as famous for her roles as for being the daughter of cinema legend, Doris Mann (MacLaine). She tries to do good work, but her drug habit gets in the way. It's the only way she can get through life and escape her mother's shadow. Of course, her poor performances (and erratic on set behavior) are ruining her reputation and after an accidental drug overdose, she finds herself detoxing in a drug clinic and completely unemployable.
In order to get insured to work on her next film, she has to submit to drug-testing and move in with her mother. It's the last straw for a 40-year-old sober woman and she can't even take an aspirin to numb the pain. Streep is wonderfully funny and vulnerable as Suzanne begins to finally deal with her life and take responsibility for it. For the first time she has to make conscious decisions and she knows doing it without drugs will make her stronger, but that doesn't make it easier.
Suzanne tries to get on with her life, but it seems like everyone is trying to keep her down. After only one day, the entire staff of her new movie has something to say about her performance or her appearance none of it good. The man who saved her life and then professes to be in love with her, turns out to be a real creep. Jack (Quaid) is not only a liar, but a total whore as well, sleeping around with everything that moves. This is just another episode in a long line of humiliations she has to go throw to discover the person she ultimately wants to be. In the end, Suzanne finds a friend in the last place she ever thought to look at home. It's not as trite as it sounds. This is a biting piece about a woman growing up, long after she should have been there. Streep plays it straight and that's what makes it ever more hilarious...and touching.