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Isn't She Great (2000)

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An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. ... See full summary »

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Andrew Bergman

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Michael Korda (article), Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Jacqueline Susann
Nathan Lane ... Irving Mansfield
Stockard Channing ... Florence Maybelle
David Hyde Pierce ... Michael Hastings
John Cleese ... Henry Marcus
John Larroquette ... Maury Manning
Amanda Peet ... Debbie
Terrence Labrosse Terrence Labrosse ... Radio actor
Jeffrey Ross ... Shecky
Christopher McDonald ... Brad Bradburn (as Christopher MacDonald)
Paul Benedict ... Prof. Brainiac
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Bambi Madison (as Dina Spybey)
Pauline Little Pauline Little ... Leslie Barnett
William Hill ... Passerby
Mal Z. Lawrence ... Mort
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Storyline

An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. Facing a failing career, Susann meets a successful promoter who becomes her husband. After several failures to place her in commercials and a TV quiz show, he hits upon the idea for her to become a writer. In the pre-1960s, her books were looked upon as trash and non-printable. But then the sexual revolution hit and an audience was born for her books. The story shows the hidden behind the scenes story of Susann's life, including her autistic son and her continuing bout with cancer that she hid up to her death. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Talent isn't everything.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

UK | Germany | Canada | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela É um Sucesso See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,368,705, 30 January 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,962,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,003,296
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Truman Capote recanted his insult about Jacqueline Susann. He apologized to the truckers. See more »

Goofs

Jacqueline Susann watches people waiting in line at the Radio City Music Hall to see Once Is Not Enough. Susann died the year before this movie was released. See more »

Quotes

Florence Maybelle: [about a necklace] If a man ever bought that for me, not only would I have sex with him, but I would *enjoy* it!
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References Once Is Not Enough (1975) See more »

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Ain't That a Groove
Written by James Brown, Nat Brown
Performed by James Brown
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ISN'T SHE SELF-ABSORBED?
22 June 2002 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

Sleepy Midler-Lane vehicle about life of trash novelist Jacqueline Susann. Predictable and unfunny, even attempts at poignancy either get drowned out with self-absorbed dialogue or shtick.

Bette Midler, known to put some life in films, seems totally tranquilized out. Nathan Lane's character seems almost robotic; only programmed to dote and serve. Flunkies are fun, but after awhile, they get dull. Especially the ones that try to live their life vicariously through yours. The only saving grace here was Stockard Channing, who always seems to churn out a good performance, even if the flick is lame, which brings me back to ISN'T SHE GREAT.

The screenplay and the vapid absence of direction really hurt the film, as well. There's no verbal intercourse between the main protagonists. The lines seem to be uttered lines, and pretty hokey ones at that. The direction seems as if, the crew placed the camera on a stack of boxes and broke for lunch.

It's not unwatchable. There's a couple of moments of enjoyment. However, when taking into consideration the amount of talent involved here, the fluff factor is pretty disappointing. Not recommended.


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