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Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)

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A grim look at homemaking business tycoon Martha Stewart's story, behind the facade of her motherly housewife appearance, including a crime she committed that brought her fame to a halt.

Director:

Jason Ensler

Writers:

Christopher M. Byron (book), Suzette Couture (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Martha Stewart
Tim Matheson ... Andy Stewart
Joanna Cassidy ... Caroline Kass
Jude Ciccolella ... Ed Kostyra
Dorie Barton ... Young Martha Stewart
Seann Gallagher ... Young Andy Stewart
Michelle Nolden ... Norma Collier
Ross Petty Ross Petty
Sheila Brand Sheila Brand
Rhonda McLean ... Connie Maynard
Hollis McLaren ... Big Martha
Raquel Duffy Raquel Duffy ... Melissa Graham
Jeremy Akerman ... Kmart CEO
Nigel Bennett ... Rat Bastard
Stan Carew Stan Carew ... Sam Waksal
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A grim look at homemaking business tycoon Martha Stewart's story, behind the facade of her motherly housewife appearance, including a crime she committed that brought her fame to a halt.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for language and some thematic elements
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The creators' infamous back-pedal response that the film was made as a satire is belied by the flashback scenes, all of which are lacking in humor or camp value, especially when compared to Shepherd's dysrgulated performance in the modern-day scenes. See more »

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When one of the inmates imprisoned with Martha has finished her sweater, Martha notes how great her "cross stitching" is, when the sweater has clearly been knitted. See more »

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Martha Stewart: I want cotton. I want three-hundred thread count minimum, or this face doesn't sell these sheets. Just because Kmart sells inexpensive products doesn't mean they can't be beautiful. That's why I'm here: not to sink to your level, but to raise you to mine.
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Followed by Martha Behind Bars (2005) See more »

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Painfully bad hit piece. What's the thread count??
4 June 2003 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

First of all, let me say right out that I don't love Martha Stewart. I'm not a MS apologist. Hell, I don't even watch her show, because even I, half-brained cynic that I am, can discern that MS is essentially a product of the Wall Street/Madison Avenue/Corporate America hype-world. She's an invented hype-machine that gets people all excited about the infinite wonders of perfecting the "home living experience", and then... (drum roll please)... Corporate America is right there to sell all those many many products just to make that dream of perfection come true. The Martha Stewart line of products at K-Mart is one of the more obvious manifestations of this reality.

Be that as it may, I didn't like this heavy-handed "hit piece" of a film. It seems each and every scene was capped off with an emphatic little clincher to ensure the viewer was left with the thought: "Oh_My_Gawd!!! What a horrid stinker of a person that Martha Stewart really is!!! Ewwwww!!!"

Anyway, I thought the movie was a non-stop stream of hitting below the belt. I thought Cybill Shepherd looked and talked NOT AT ALL like the (real) Martha Stewart I've seen on t.v. (what little I've seen of her, that is...). As such, I thought the movie was unintentionally funny. I couldn't stop laughing at how absurd Cybill Shepherd looked, trying to make MS look absurd.

I would have appreciated more of the negative emphasis be put on the corporate hypsters that invent the Martha Stewarts in the first place. Also, I would have liked more negative bias towards mindless home-makers who get so damned obsessive about all those frilly, frivolous things in the first place. (I recently saw a PBS program entitled "Affluenza". That would make for an excellent follow-on viewing after seeing this film about Martha Stewart and the MS way of living.)

Anyway, a couple of years ago at K-Mart I bought a mattress pad for my bed. The Martha Stewart line. Don't know what the thread count is, but it is the most comfortable darned thing I've ever slept on. Thanks, Martha Stewart!


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Release Date:

19 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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