Mommie Dearest Movie Review Summary

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This is a story about a woman, a movie star, and a mother. They are all the same person they are all Joan Crawford. Who is idolized by thousands. This is the story told by her daughter Christina Crawford. Who was savagely beat by her mother along with her brother, Christopher.
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    In the last scene of the movie at the reading of Joan's will it is revealed that Christopher and Christina get nothing "for reasons know to them". Christopher says, "Mother always gets the last word." And Christina says "Does she". Which suggests the writing of the book as revenge on her mother.
    At the funeral Joan's maid states to Christina "Your Mother loved you very much." Which is clearly a not thought out line by the writers for we have just sat here for over two hours and watched these two helpless, defenseless children get beaten by this women. Never-the-less I truly enjoyed this movie (does that make me sick person?). I enjoyed this movie because it is very melodramatic and might as well be a soap opera (as you'll see in the "NO WIRE HANGERS" scene) now that is my kind of movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by Callahan Tormey

This movie is the story of Christina Crawford, the daughter of Joan Crawford. She was brought up by her mentally ill mother Joan Crawford, the movie star. She and her brother were abused throughout their entire childhood. Sad movie but a good one. Very dramatic

The review of this Movie prepared by Cal Tormey

Script Analysis of Mommie Dearest

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   fighting with parents Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor Age group    -   trouble in high school Sexing?    -   first sexual experience

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   wealthy    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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