"How would you like to have Joan Crawford as a mother'...Or Lana Turner'"--Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine) to her daughter, Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) "Those are my options'"
- Suzanne Vale
"You want me to do well, just not better."
- Suzanne Vale to Doris Mann
Rolling Stone - 10/04/1990
"...POSTCARDS is revolutionary....MacLaine is magnificent..."
USA Today - 09/12/1990
"...[Streep gives] a droll performance - and how savvy to cast Streep and Shirley MacLaine as a back-nibbling mom-and-daughter in the show-biz jungle..."
New York Times - 09/12/1990
"...The pairing of [Streep and MacLaine] turns out to have been one of the casting coups of the year....A terrifically genial collaboration..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/12/1990
"...Fisher and Nichols are unmatchable....Streep's performance as a country singer at the movie's close is irresistible..."
In this adaptation of Carrie Fisher's semiautobiographical novel, an actress struggles to kick her drug addiction while coming to terms with her domineering mother. Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) has grown up as the spoiled daughter of famous Hollywood star Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine). Although she has talent, Suzanne can't seem to get out from under her mother's shadow. The two women have grown apart, but they're forced back together again after Suzanne has a near-fatal overdose. Because of Suzanne's drug problem, the insurers of the film she's working on make her stay with someone who can keep an eye on her during production. As a result, Suzanne winds up moving back home with her mother--which might not be ideal, considering Doris's addiction to booze. Director Mike Nichols guides an all-star cast (that also includes Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, and Annette Bening) through this entertaining look at the dark side of showbiz.
Suzanne Vale, an aging Hollywood character actress, struggles to maintain her flagging career while suffering along the rehab route. On the way she must confront her codependent alcoholic mother and learn to face challenges without the help of Percodan. The film was loosely adapted from Carrie Fisher's partly autobiographical novel of the same name. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress--Meryl Streep, Best Song ("I'm Checkin' Out").