- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005TPLW
The film itself has little movement; it is rather a train of vignettes, or sketches, about the one day in the life of Hollywood celebrities, and the characters are often unmemorable. But what is most lamentable is that the film seems to wallow in showing wild behaviors of Hollywood celebrities -- like drug use or nudity in the swimming pool -- but we know these thing well, probably as well as Cumming or Leigh. It is the time of the Internet and media, and the tabloids are always there to supply the gossips about Hollywood. And this crazy practice has been kept since the time of silent films, so why should we see another example here unless it is connected with deeper meaning about life in general, which we can relate to?
However, the film offers another way of enjoying it, and that's this. For example, Leigh plays Sally, an actress whose career is, she knows, going downward, and she just experienced a short period of separation with her hubby Joe (Cumming). Now Joe is going to direct a movie, but he doesn't choose his wife as the lead; instead, he cast a newcomer Davidson (Gwyneth Paltrow), good-natured but slightly irritating, unconscious of the pain Sally is suffering. This rejection, probably based on her age, naturally makes Sally unhappy.Read more ›
Also interesting are the behind-the-scenes details integrated into this movie- for example, Alan Cumming plays a novelist named Joe, jump-starting his career as a director, and the novel they present as Joe's- "Tommy's Tale" in reality- was written by Alan Cumming (published by Penguin Books in the UK and by Judith Regan Books/Harper Collins in the US)...Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates play screen couple Cal and Shophia Gold with their real-life children Owen and Greta Kline (truly adorable)...etc.
Watch it- it's lovely!
Unlike most people, I do see a plot here. Read more