POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990)

dir. Mike Nichols. Screenplay by Carrie Fisher, based on her novel. Meryl Streep is Suzanne Vale, an actor getting over a drug problem, who is forced to move back in with famous performer mother (Shirley MacLaine) in order to secure her next acting role. A real delight. Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are terrific together, they’re very funny, and can also be very tender and sweet. Gene Hackman has a wonderful supporting role as a film director, I love his scene with Meryl Streep in the audio looping studio. Carrie Fisher’s dialogue between the mother and daughter is brilliant, every conversation strikes a perfect balance of witty, and believable. MacLaine has a great musical moment during the surprise party, which is made even better by Streep’s shifting facial expressions as she watches on. Meryl Streep as an important song too, but her voice is not really strong enough for it to carry the moment. Possibly Meryl Streep’s first really funny performance?