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Soapdish [DVD] [1991]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Closed Captioned


    In the comedic farce Soapdish, the behind-the-scenes lives of several soap opera actors are just as melodramatic as those of their television counterparts. Sally Field stars as Celeste Talbert, the star of a declining TV show. To make matters worse, Talbert's career is thrown into turmoil when her rival, Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty), tries to persuade producer David Barnes (Robert Downey Jr.) to write Talbert off the show. Smitten by Moorehead, Barnes comes up with a scheme to get Talbert off the show by hiring her niece Lori (Elisabeth Shue) and then Jeffrey (Kevin Kline), an old flame and cast member who was written out of the show 20 years prior. Soon, mayhem rules on the set as the cast and crew tangle, culminating in a special episode, broadcast live. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sally Field
      Sally Field - Celeste Talbert
    • Kevin Kline
      Kevin Kline - Jeffrey Anderson
    • Robert Downey, Jr.
      Robert Downey, Jr. - David Barnes
    • Cathy Moriarty
      Cathy Moriarty - Montana Moorehead
    • Whoopi Goldberg
      Whoopi Goldberg - Rose Schwartz

    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Disjointed and overacted


      Sally Field has been great in some movies and so-so in others. In Soapdish she plays a diva soap opera actress going through personal problems. The focus throughout the film stays mainly on what's going to happen next on the soap and feebly switches between the issues her character has offscreen. Soapdish isn't a comedy but plays off like it might have intended to be (and is categorized that way at BB), it's more caught between the murky middle of drama and comedy. The way implausible soap opera plotlines are handled is the most interesting part of the film, but I wouldn't even classify this as 'great'. None of the acting stands out as anything but overacting, much like many real soap operas. If the overacting intentional then it's done well, but when the actors break from their soap opera lines they are still phony. It makes it hard for viewers to care about what happens to anybody in the film. And the ending, which won't be spoiled here, seems all too familiar if you've seen the much, much better film Tootsie. If you like that film, you will probably be disappointed in Soapdish.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still a Classic

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      Best Buy is one of the very few stores to carry this DVD and to be able to purchase this movie at a reasonable cost Thanks Best Buy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great affordable classic

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Fun classic that's very affordable. Also hard to find.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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