Review Date: January 26, 2000
Director: Andrew Bergman
Writer: Paul Rudnick
Producers: Mike Lobell
Bette Midler as Jacqueline Susann
Nathan Lane as Irving Mansfield
Stockard Channing as Florence Maybelle
David Hyde Pierce as Michael Hastings
David Hyde Pierce was also pretty solid as the tight-ass WASPy character, as was John Cleese, whose small role was actually funny just for his 60s jive and clothing. In fact, I really did enjoy most of the cast, despite my reluctance to accept some of their obvious overacting early on, but when the curtain call came to set, the whole thing just left me with a "whatever" feeling. I suppose that the many people who do know of this lady, her books or the movies made in their name, might enjoy this on another level altogether, but if you're like me, and know little about this woman or her sleazy novels, I don't think you'll be taken on to any kind of ROCKY "let's-go-out-there-and-kick-some-ass-in-the-world" type feeling. I would say that it's a nice movie, enjoyable to watch, but even easier to forget. See it if you're in the mood for light laughs or appreciate the work of any of its principals, and enjoy its underdog-done-good story in the meantime. Otherwise, you could always wait until this puppy shows up on your local video rental shelves or skip it altogether. Trust me, she's not that great and your life will be fine without her.
Also, if you're like me, and you happen to live in Montreal, Canada, well, you could also make a game out of this film, and try to spot any of the local hangouts which were dressed up like New York in this camouflaged movie.