SHE-DEVIL (1989)

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I have no idea why this film was made but I’m glad Netflix put it online? Maybe? This film really had no protagonist, no real story, and no real lessons. It’s all about a wife, Roseanne Barr, whose husband cheats on her. Then it really just turns into a big, let’s-screw-over-his mistress-more-so-than-him story? The film also had an awful time pacing itself. It would get stuck on one character for too long so that you forgot about the other people. The thing that was the most frustrating was that she was way too similar to her Roseanne Conner character……if only John Goodman was in this. It’s also the second movie we have seen recently with Ed Begley Jr (Santa With Muscles), does he make good movies?


Maybe the title should have let me in on this, but I don’t think She-Devil actually has a protagonist. I think we’re supposed to be rooting for Ruth (Roseanne Barr), but from what I could see she’s just as deceitful, sneaky, and self-centered as anyone else in the movie. Plus, my instincts tell me to always root for Meryl Streep, even if she plays a character like Mary, the homewrecker. The problem is, I like Mary. Aside from the fact that she’s Meryl Streep, she’s not really evil or conniving, she doesn’t dump Bob (Ed Begley Jr./Stan Sitwell, again!) immediately once his wife dumps his bratty kids at her house, she puts more integrity in her writing, and she’s the only character that actually grows. Mary also reminds me of Miss Piggy – always a plus.

I guess I had a hard time just figuring out the point of this movie. It wasn’t particularly funny and it didn’t fill me with feminine pride. The one thing it did do was serve as a constant reminder at how unbelievable Meryl Streep looked for being 40. Also, I’m sick with a cold and have been taking a lot of cold medicine, but at the beginning of the movie, Ruth has a giant mole. And then at some point toward the middle and for the rest of the movie, she doesn’t. Did it just go away? Was its disappearance written in and that scene was cut? Or was it explained and the cold medicine made me too hazy too notice? I guess I’ll never know.


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