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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  23 November 1994 (USA)
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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

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Alan Campbell
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Gertrude Benchley
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Eddie Parker
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Mary Kennedy Taylor
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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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At the center of the circle is a woman ahead of her time. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,144,667 (USA)
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Peter Benchley, the grandson of humorist and featured character Robert Benchley, plays editor Frank Crowninshield. See more »

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Robert Benchley: You'd have to wear out a pretty large hole in your pocket to lose me, Mrs. Parker.
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Dorothy Parker: read her, don't watch her
25 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of many of the writers who flit in and out of this movie, but I confess I don't know much about their personal lives and habits (except perhaps for Benchley, and Thurber who is only barely mentioned in this film). This film gives the viewer a good sense of what it must have been like to be part of the wildly creative crew that surrounded the legendary Algonquin Round Table, but a very confused picture of Dorothy Parker's life. Only someone who already knows her story, and can keep her various husbands and lovers in order, can piece this mish-mash together. And none of the performers are strong enough to seem like anything more than walk-ons dressed as famous people. (The "gang" scenes work because of the fast pacing; the movie drags when we spend time with the individuals.) According to comments recorded here, Miss Leigh is doing a good vocal impression of Dorothy Parker. Maybe so (I've never heard Parker), but Leigh's delivery is so totally annoying that it's enough to drive the AUDIENCE to suicide. Is she trying to do Hepburn on downers? Sometimes her mannered accent veers toward Transylvanian.

Throughout the movie, Parker herself denigrates her little "doodad" poems, but that's all the film offers us of her creative output. We never really find out about the contents of her books and plays, and how she ended up in Hollywood (and what she wrote there). After a few of her doggerel verses, they become trite. I began to wonder if people think these poems are funny because they know they're SUPPOSED to be funny.

I'm sure there's probably a good movie in Mrs. Parker's life, but I don't think this is it.


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