Isn't She Great should read Isn't This Movie Bad? I think the only reason this movie even made it to the big screen, let alone video, is because of the star power (Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, John Cleese, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Larroquette, and Amanda Peet).
I should have turned this movie off sooner than I did because I knew it was going to be bad after the first five minutes. I had heard bad things about this film but didn't think much of it; Isn't She Great is far worse than expected.
The movie plays like a bad soap opera in terms of acting and appearance; Isn't She Great looks so artificial it's hard to believe that this movie is based on a real story (is it?). The acting is equally artificial. The way Nathan Lane and Bette Midler talk - especially Bette Midler - seems so over-the-top I couldn't help but be appalled why listening to them speak. The dialogue seems something out of a bad play.
The content isn't any better. Midler goes around trying to become famous from one medium to the next, but always ends up whimpering about how she is never going to go anywhere. Finally, Lane comes up with the idea that she write a book, so she does - a horribly written sex book.
I think the main problem is that the characters are not interesting in the least. Nathan Lane's is annoying, as he acts like Bette Midler is God. Bette Midler is a bitchy whiner.
A bad script, bad acting, and a cheesy appearance makes Isn't She Great one of the worst movies of 2000, if not the work. Isn't this pathetic?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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