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In the comedic farce Soapdish, the behind-the-scenes lives of several soap opera actors are just as melodramatic as what is on the screen. Sally Field stars as the star of a declining television show whose career is thrown into turmoil when her rival (Cathy Moriarty) tries to persuade the producer (Robert Downey Jr.) to write Field off the show. Downey attempts this by hiring her niece (Elizabeth Shue) and then her ex-boyfriend (Kevin Kline), who was formerly on the show, but was written out of the program 20 years earlier. Soon, the entire cast is beset with rivalries and love affairs, which… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Soapdish aims at a satiric target as big as a Macy's float and intermittently hits it."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Uneven but often sidesplitting."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Soapdish is a flurry of activity without a dedicated core, neutering displays of slapstick and the force of the satiric crescent kick."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A funny, sharply-written film more pertinent in the Noughties than it was upon its first release."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Near miss satire."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This movie certainly has its dopey moments, but if you're feeling indulgent you're likely to have a good time with it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a kick to see Field sending up her sweetheart image."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Fundamentally, its subject for satire isn't all that clever."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Way too hard-working for comedy."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"... this often-hilarious spoof on daytime soap operas achieves much success borrowing from the 'divorce-remarriage' variation of the screwball comedy."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"Nothing succeeds like excess, this comedy would have us believe."
‑ , Time Out
"Soapdish is pure joy, a lemon-fresh spoof of daytime drama that does the dishing and may even soften your hands."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Not as funny as the real thing and unlikely to be anywhere near as successful as the leading real-life exponents of the art."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Starts off funny, ends up ludicrously funny. Recommended."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"As the private, public and TV lives of these characters begin to unravel and tangle, on the small screen and off, it turns into a genuinely funny comedy."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
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