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Soapdish

Year: 1991
Director: Michael Hoffman
Cast: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr, Elizabeth Shue, Cathy Moriarty, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy
Bitchy satire of the soap opera world with every character we know and love to hate blown to ridiculous proportions to mostly very funny effect. A leading lady (Field) is losing it in life as well as on the show as she increasingly finds herself in the sort of situations she acts out on the job in real life - including her co star (and ex lover) about to embark on affair with a beautiful young newcomer, unaware she's their daughter. It also effectively pokes fun at the personalities behind the scenes (and their motivations - as with Downey Jr doing everything he can to sleep with a sexy cast member who it turns out was once a man). Field gives her all and proves her comic ability, breaking into soap opera-style tears at every opportunity, but it's curious why Goldberg, as the show's writer, gets away with her integrity unscathed.

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