"Mockumentry" 60's diva Jackie Washington (her g-grandparents where George Washington's slaves). Jenifer Lewis is our leading lady with an incredible singing voice. Jackie is planning her ... See full summary »
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A Hollywood star (Fawcett), fed up with her husband's cheating, hires a private investigator to tail him. Emotional support is offered by her two friends - a soul singer (Givens) and a famous director's wife (Gilbert).
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Sidney J. Furie
"Mockumentry" 60's diva Jackie Washington (her g-grandparents where George Washington's slaves). Jenifer Lewis is our leading lady with an incredible singing voice. Jackie is planning her comeback tour coinciding with Tim Curry as her interviewer. Famous faces are dishing the dirt on her, including Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Rock. Written by
Jackie's husbands: Milkman Summers (#1), "no comment" (#2), "gay" (#3), "annulled" (#4). See more »
Of course, now, I *do* pay homage to all the dead divas -- Billie, Ella, Shirley Bassey...
Edward Whatsett St. John:
Shirley Bassey is alive.
Really? God bless her. But now them others -- I'm not gonna name names... but they all stole from me. Aretha, Whitney, Little Brandy, Streisand, Diahann Carroll... Oh. and Bea Arthur. They all stole from me.
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I watched this for the ever-wonderful Tim Curry but was won over by the total package: this is a sly, deadly funny mockumentary that skewers diva ego, blaxploitation films, and the music industry, along with just about everything else that can be squeezed into the space of two hours. Jenifer Lewis is hilarious as the fiercely vain diva, and Tim Curry's dry pomposity is the perfect foil. The film's one flaw is the unlikely, unfunny ending in which all the deliciously evil humor succumbs to a saccharine feel-good production number and Curry, impossibly, grows to love the harpy he's been interviewing. In spite of the letdown of the ending, this is still a sharp, energetic send-up with lots of great surprises, including the priceless cameo by David Hyde Pierce (of Frasier fame). If this is ever aired again, set your VCR: it's a keeper.
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