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Blu-ray Review: Soapdish (1991)

April 25, 2022

By John Corrado

On April 5th, Paramount released the star-studded 1991 showbiz satire Soapdish on Blu-ray. The film stars Sally Field as Celeste Talbert, the demanding star of a hugely popular daytime soap opera called The Sun Also Sets.

The story mainly focuses on the behind the scenes feud between Celeste, who takes all of the awards for the show, and jealous co-star Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty), who is tired of playing second fiddle. Montana is scheming (and sleeping) with producer David Barnes (Robert Downey Jr.) to try and get Celeste off the show, including hiring back her old flame, Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline).

The starry ensemble cast is rounded out by Elisabeth Shue as Lori Craven, a young actress who is given a role on the fictional show; Whoopi Goldberg as head writer Rose Schwartz, who disagrees with the direction that Montana and David are trying to take it (including a memorable scene between her and Downey Jr. where she argues about bringing Kline’s character back from the dead); and Carrie Fisher as senior executive Betsy Faye Sharon.

Directed by Michael Hoffman, working from a screenplay by Robert Harling and Andrew Bergman, Soapdish is an astute satire that not only skewers daytime soap operas but also the egos of celebrities who are always at each other’s throats. It’s the sort of sendup that also becomes a sincere tribute to the very thing it is satirizing, with a series of farcical twists worthy of the tawdry daytime melodramas it is spoofing.

While Soapdish is a bit over the top at times, this seems to be more of a feature than a bug. It works as a light and breezy satire, and it’s enjoyable to watch the cast members bounce off each other throughout the various comic scenarios. The Blu-ray offers a decent upgrade for fans, even if the lack of new bonus features is disappointing.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

This Blu-ray includes a single archival featurette and the original theatrical trailer for the film. There is no digital copy included in the package.

Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (4 minutes, 30 seconds)

Theatrical Trailer (2 minutes, 35 seconds)

Soapdish is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 96 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: April 5th, 2022

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