Soapdish Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kevin Kline, Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Shue, Robert Downey Jr.

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Soapdish follows the behind the scenes scandals on the set of a fictional soap opera.
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Celeste Talbert (Sally Field) is the star of the long running show, but little does she know that one of her co-stars is conniving against her. Fellow diva Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) wants nothing more than to take over the lead role, and uses her whiles to seduce writer David Seton Barnes (Robert Downey Jr.) to change the direction of the show and write Talbert out of it.

Soon things become further complicated when Talbert's niece Lori Craven (Elizabeth Shue) joins the show. Shortly thereafter Barnes hires Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline) with whom Talbert had a tempestuous affair two decades earlier that ended with them as bitter enemies. Passions escalate and emotions run high on and off the set, and when things seem like they can't get any worse a shocking secret is revealed; Talbert's niece is in fact her daughter, the fruit of her relationship with Anderson.

The tabloids eat up the scandal and ratings are at an all-time high, much to the delight of the studio, when all three of the main players decide enough is enough and only one of them can remain on the show. The ultimatum delights Moorehead and Barnes, who see their golden opportunity to take over, and the stage is set for a showdown that will make and break both lives and careers.
Best part of story, including ending: It's a fun spoof of both ludicrous soap opera plots and celebrity scandals and has a pitch perfect cast.

Best scene in story: The scene where Talbert tries to climb up to Anderson's apartment to catch him with Craven is hilarious and an unusual slapstick turn from Field.

Opinion about the main character: Field plays Talbert with just the right amount of celebrity obliviousness, she's self-absorbed but fabulous, and sincerely wants what is best for her daughter.

The review of this Movie prepared by Maria Nunez a Level 11 Prairie Warbler scholar

   This hilarious comedy details the goings-on behind the scenes of a popular soap opera. The real-life antics prove to be juicier and more melodramatic than those of the actors' fictional counterparts.
   Celeste Talbert, the beloved diva on the daytime soap "The Sun Also Sets," harbors a long-standing secret involving a former costar, Jeffrey Anderson. When Jeffrey, who disappeared from Celeste's life for about 20 years, is rehired for the show, Celeste goes ballistic. At first, she wants him fired, especially when he seems romantically interested in her niece. However, when Celeste's feelings for Jeffrey are eventually rekindled, she reveals her secret, not only to those directly involved, but on TV, as well.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr

Script Analysis of Soapdish

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   show business How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Miami Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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