Over the weekend, I had the immense pleasure of watching Soapdish (1991) for the first time, directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr, Elizabeth Shue and Cathy Moriarty. What a cast! I knew I was in for a treat when I saw Nolan Miller of Dynasty fame had done the costume design. I am still dying over the fantastic Memphis inspired set design and I am keeping my eyes peeled for anything cow print right now.
It’s a spoof on the backstabbing and drama that goes on behind the scenes for daytime soap opera stars. Carrie Fisher gives a brief and brilliant performance as a lecherous casting agent, Sally Field as the long suffering star of a top soap opera, Kevin Kline as her seedy ex boyfriend, and Elizabeth Shue as an ambitious star on the rise. As much fun as this movie was, I spent the whole time pausing it to take in the splendor of the set design and costumes. Tacky perfection! Some of my favorite set design I’ve ever seen. Don’t miss this one if you haven’t seen it. Make a pitcher of tiki drinks and enjoy.