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Women in Film (2001)
Talk-fest but with excellent performances
This is the kind of wall-to-wall talk-fest I normally avoid, but wound up watching it while stuck in bed recovering. Yes, it is pretentious and I do not love the editing. Between 2 of the characters there are at least 8 scenes filmed in the bathroom, most of which would have been better off shot elsewhere.
The whole movie is three women talking to the camera. Marianne Jean-Baptiste is the most centered of of the trio as a casting director/new mom who's marriage is coming apart. Portia de Rossi is a delusional masseuse/aspiring screenwriter/thief. Beverly D'Angelo is the producer who probably seems like she's really got it together to those on the outside, but whose monologues to her assistant Eric show she is clearly a destructive substance abuser.
I can see why all three actresses took the parts. If you are a fan of any of them you will get to see them with something they can really sink their teeth into. Without the acting this would have been a much lower score. 5 out of 5 stars for the performances and an additional star for the line about the washed-up Brady Bunchers showing up like Pentecostals.
The Nutt House (1989)
A short lived gem
I think this ran for 6 or 7 episodes, and I laughed through all of them. As good as Cloris Leachman is as the head of housekeeping she is even better as old Mrs. Nutt. The character is kind of similar to Tim Conway's old man routine from Carol Burnett, but that routine never made me laugh, the Cloris version cracked me up. I vaguely remember her jumping her support hose. Whenever I see Gregory Itzen as President Logan on 24 I remember him as the Dennis the player bell hop, and smile. Harvey Korman is good as well. I'd love to see the 3 or 4 episodes that did not air in the U.S. (the U.K. aired all of them), and I wish this was available on DVD.