Romance, Comedy
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Michael Hoffman
Kathy Najimy as Tawny Miller
Stephen Nichols as Himself
John Tesh as Himself
Leeza Gibbons as Herself
Paul Johansson as Blair Brennan / Bolt
Garry Marshall as Edmund Edwards
Elisabeth Shue as Lori Craven / Angelique
Robert Downey Jr. as David Seton Barnes
Kevin Kline as Jeffrey Anderson / Dr. Rod Randall
Teri Hatcher as Ariel Maloney / Dr. Monica Demonico
Whoopi Goldberg as Rose Schwartz
Cathy Moriarty as Montana Moorehead / Nurse Nan
Sally Field as Celeste Talbert / Maggie
Storyline: Celeste Talbert has been the queen of the soaps for over two decades. Montana Moorehead needs to get her out of her way before she can move on and begins her program to get her to leave. She hires an old boyfriend of Celeste to be on the show and has Celeste become a murderer in the script, but each attempt has unforseen consequences.
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Funny Funny Funny
Anyone who doesn't laugh all through this movie has been embalmed. I have watched it at least twenty times and I still get tears in my eyes at many of the scenes. Sally Field is absolutely perfect as Celest Talbert, a fading soap star whose supporting cast is trying to get her replaced in hopes that their own star will rise. Fields, at 45, still has that wonderful and beautiful pixie quality and a perfect figure that belies her having had three children. I'm biased, I'm in love with her.

The cast of "Soapdish" is filled with stars who perform their roles to perfection. Kevin Kline is flawless, as are Robert Downey Jr., an ingénue Elizabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher in one of her early roles, Carrie Fisher as the oversexed casting director who auditions an actor for a small part as a waiter without his shirt on. Kathy Najimy is wonderful as the hapless costume designer, and best of all, Cathy Moriarty as Nurse Nan who leads the plot to get Fields character removed from the show is hilarious.

This movie should have won Oscars for best comedy, best leading lady in a comedy, best leading man in a comedy and myriad other bests, including writing, directing and supporting actors and actresses. Get the DVD so you can watch it over and over for the next twenty five years. You will still be laughing at it when the disc wears out.
A Tour de Farce!
This is truly a fun movie, and not just for fans of daytime soaps, either (although there are more than a few inside jokes thrown in to please). The writing is top-notch farce. The performances are so over-the-top hilarious that I'm not sure how the cast and director were able to get through their any of their takes. Of course, Sally Field and Kevin Klein are terrific, but it's the supporting cast makes this movie one of the funniest all-around laugh-out-loud comedies ever made. From Kathy Moriarty's scheming virago, to Whoopi Goldberg's and Robert Downey, Jr.'s turns as the fictional soap's writer and producer, respectively, this is one helluva fun time to pass an evening. Everything about the behind the scenes milieu of the fictional soap is played for gags, from the character's alliterative names (Nurse Nan, Dr.'s Monica De Monico and Rod Randall), to the melodramatic music which queues up at every ridiculously dramatic moment. In short, this movie is a true comedic tour de force in the same vain as screw ball comedies of the Forties.
Screwball comedy of the nineties. Soooo funny!!!
There are few comedies like this, where almost every line and every character come close to flawless. This is soooo funny!! And it has quite a bit of satire there to. Sally Field is heading the field of truly outstanding actors and does a good, if not perfect, job with her daytime tv-diva. Sometimes her acting is just a little to broad and over the top, but 90 % of the time she is a riot! In the same league is Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr and Whoopy Goldberg (who unfortunately has too little to do here). Downey jr may not convince entirely as a comedian and has not the timing right all the time, but he struggles with his part which is, to be honest, the most ungrateful one. But the shining star here is Cathy Moriarty as Celeste, a true bitch if there ever was one with more than one nasty secret (you will see in the absolutely stunning finale!). Sadly Elisabeth Shue never seems to be quite comfortable in her part. I normally like Ms Shue, but here she acts as a fish out of water and sometimes seems to be in a different movie. But it is not something damaging and for the most part she is at least adequate. Otherwise, brimming with memorable lines and situations, this is a comedy to watch whenever it is on TV or wherever.
Delightfully Funny
Every aspect of this film is exaggerated but Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg and Matthew Broderick perform delightfully and Elizabeth Shue is wonderful as (well, I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn't seen the film by explaining her role).

Is the story credible? No. Are the characters believable? No. Is the script especially good? No. Is the outcome even remotely worthy of suspended belief? No, no, no.

But Kline, Goldberg and Broderick are major talents, and this may be Sally Field's best film performance ever.

Leave your critical instincts in a lower drawer and enjoy.
Loved it!
I first saw this in the movie theater when it came out, and the crowd was really into the movie which made the experience all the more fun. This is a great cast of characters, many big names in it, a few of which were not as recognized then as they are now. I think it's a great idea if you follow any of these actors, or have loved them in other movies, to add it to your watched list. Some of the scenes actually remind me of the type of well-done comedy as in The Birdcage or even The Clue, kind of odd spontaneous-appearing comedy, with some really professional delivery from these beloved actors. The movie did a great job at giving you some insight, perhaps even very realistic, into the culture of a daytime soap.
It's very funny, has a great cast, and it is the best film of 1991.
It's very funny. It has a great cast who each give great performances. Especially Sally Field and Kevin Kline. It's a well written screenplay by Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon In Vegas). I don't like soap operas, even though I never watch them. But I do love this film because it's so crazy and off the wall, that it beats the hell out of any stupid soap that they have on daytime television. In my opinion, it's the best film of 1991.
"I've operated under worse conditions."
This often overlooked, brilliant comedy is full of stars: Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Kline, Elizabeth Shue, Sally Field, Kathy Moriarty and more. "Soap Dish" is a very funny farce on the Soap Opera business, focusing on the dramas that often occur behind the cameras as well as making fun of the genre itself in front of the camera. The dialogue is beautifully on target with "soap talk", and the characters created by these talented stars are at the same time over-the-top and realistic (realistic in that Soap Opera sense of reality). "Soapdish" works on so many frequencies simultaneously that you can watch it over and over and find some new kink to laugh at every time (not to mention bits you come to treasure). It's vulgarity is only surpassed by its sophistication.

What I found most interesting was that despite several plots by some of the characters to bring down the lead actress (played by Sally Fields' character) because she had won so many awards and remained a fan favorite, their plots always backfired and if anything increased her popularity and rating, which gave me a lot of satisfaction, because I don't think that anyone should ascend or shine by pulling others down. What will be will be, you just have to keep working hard without harming others in the process and your time will come. You will love the plotting and the scheming and the twisting of the plot. It is hilarious and funny. Great comedy!

Overall rating: 9 out of 10.
Soapdish is THE dish!!!!
Its Hollywood imitating Daytiem Soap Operas at its finest! Its the fun that we never see. Great characters and great lines. Whoopi is hilarious.....Sally Field is so over the top....Gary Marshalls lines are a riot....this is what I love about good comedies. Never afraid to poke fun at themselves!!!!!!The sets were great....wardrobe was on point and the backstabbing "Montana Morehead" was a devilish delight. Terri Hatcher as "Dr. Monica Demonico" didn't have enough lines but none the less still gorgeous and fun when on screen. I would love to know how the idea for this movie came up. Never have I seen a cast of people have so much fun in making comedy work! Soapdish is a must have and I am waiting for the DVD!!!
I forgot how much I loved this movie...
till HBO began rerunning it this month. I remember laughing out loud in the theater back in 1991, and now again in my living room. If I see that it's on, I have to watch it. There's just no question. This is so much more entertaining to me than other, more popular spoofs like Airplane! (which I really like, BTW). Cathy Moriarty steals the show in my opinion. Quotes like "Sudden speech! The last symptoms of brain fever! She could blow at any moment!" put me over the edge. And Whoopie Goldberg hasn't been this funny since 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'. Kevin Klein, Sally Field, Robert Downey Jr. all turn in superb performances as expected. I started out giving this 9 out of 10 stars, but then I realized that for the type of film it's supposed to be, there isn't one thing I'd change or improve upon. So 10 it is. I have to get this on DVD, that's just all there is to it.
Have always enjoyed this film. With 1 cast exception
I have always enjoyed this film.

MOST of the cast was good in their roles.

The exceptions? Shue, waste in the role. Other than being dressed like Tweety Bird. A nothing part in my opinion.


Drugs Downy Jr. EEGH!!!!! Excuse me, I had to throw up.

Carrie should have been given more to do, she could have done more with the role.

Whoopi was very good.

Course, changing apartment numbers to you as well!! Inside joke on the little error filmmakers did here.
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