Adapted by Carrie Fisher from her semi-autobiographical account of her relationship with mother Debbie Reynolds, this comedy by Mike Nichols plays like a mainstream Robert Altman comedy. There’s the overlapping dialogue, the multiple extended cameos by an all-star cast (which includes Rob Reiner, Dennis Quaid and Annette Benning, among many others), and the slice-of-life structure that defines much of Altman’s oeuvre. Meryl Streep is terrific in the lead role, entirely believable in all her quirks, and she’s extraordinarily well-matched by a never-better Shirley MacLaine. There are a number of inspiring moments of realization and actualization, and Fisher’s trademark flippant wit is all over the movie.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)