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Pretty Bad: 22.45%
Total Crap59.18%

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Isn't She Great?
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by iF Magazine

"No tribute, only corny, campy humor and cheap one-liners."
1 stars

While interviewing Alison Eastwood last year for FRIENDS AND LOVERS she made a comment about trying to find something good in every movie she sees noting, "it's just so hard to make a movie in the first place." Eastwood may have been trying to gain sympathy for the malnourished FRIENDS AND LOVERS but somehow her statement stayed with me as I proceeded to watch many more quality-starved films throughout 1999. And in some cases I tried extra hard to find some small goodness in even the most poorly conceived films. Sometimes it worked - sometimes it didn't.

Here lies one of the biggest challenges I've had to face recently - find something good about ISN'T SHE GREAT, the new insipid comedy starring Bette Midler and Nathan Lane based on an article about the life of author Jacqueline Susann.

For starters the costumes are very, very, uh, colorful and the scenery is quite lovely. There, said and done. Now moving on, ISN'T SHE GREAT's biggest problem is the genre it's written for. The film is written as a screwball comedy yet has Jacqueline giving birth to her only child whom she can never reach out to because he is born autistic and years later Jacqueline suffering from and ultimately dying of breast cancer. And yet the producers thought this would be one hell of a wacky comedy? What were they thinking?

The story would have been ideally played out as a drama - a small indie project - that focused on the author who just wanted to be famous and eventually did become famous by writing what some refer to as "smut novels," including Valley Of The Dolls and The Love Machine.

More personal background on the flamboyant novelist and where she came from would have greatly helped the memoir of Ms. Susann's rise to fame who, with ISN'T SHE GREAT, gets no fitting tribute, only corny, campy humor and cheap one-liners. - Pamela Harland - iF Magazine -

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User Comments

5/23/10 FranknFurter Great acting...horrific, ham-fisted director. What a shocking juxtaposition! 2 stars
9/30/05 Saturated Phat Midler doesn't seem to be playing someone else, just herself in a black wig. 3 stars
10/28/04 Daveman It's all very superifical, but there's too much charisma in its lead performances to ignore 3 stars
9/26/04 Tor Honolulu Bette and screenwriter waaay over the top; nice to see Nathan try to play hetero 2 stars
9/14/04 twinki 54 best ever 5 stars
8/23/04 Gerald McDaniel I Want my money back!! 3 stars
1/06/02 hum eh, watch it if these nothing else on tv. dont bother to rent the video 3 stars
12/20/01 Andrew Carden Midler, Channing, and Lane Seem To Overpower It's Dull Screenplay. 4 stars
9/18/01 Butterbean OHHHHHHHHHHH MY GAWD!!!! Avoid this film at all cost!! 1 stars
2/14/01 Elvisfan Jed is an escaped mental patient; this movie blows cheese 1 stars
9/28/00 Monday Morning How come Jed gets two votes? I've seen much worse flicks VERY RECENTLY. 3 stars
9/12/00 Jed Ignore the naysayers folks this is cinematic excellence. 5 stars
7/20/00 Jed Ignore the negative treatment this underrated film is great. 5 stars
6/07/00 Alma Marquez The worst I`ve ever seen! 1 stars
2/16/00 Kevin Cho - movie buff Wow - a terrible movie - old people'll love it tho. Horrid movie. great cast 2 stars
2/11/00 Kyle Broflovski "Biography: Jaqueline Susann" was much better 2 stars
1/30/00 jenn "Blu Smrf" ok, i love the actors in this film, but that was about it, horrid film, very weak 1 stars
1/29/00 jody great comics wasted on unfunny movie that sucks as a drama 1 stars
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