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If anyone ever doubts whether Nicole Kidman is a good actress, they should immediately be required to watch this outrageously wicked comedy from 1995, for which Kidman deservedly won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role. While director Gus Van Sant handles the fact-based satire with razor-sharp precision, Kidman delivers a deliciously devious performance as Suzanne Stone, a small-town New Hampshire housewife who fancies herself the next Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Diane Sawyer, and Maria Shriver all rolled up into one meticulously coiffed package. So determined is she to have a successful career on TV that she'll stop at nothing--even the calculated murder of her husband (Matt Dillon)--to get the attention she feels entitled to. To carry out her scheme she recruits some unwitting local teenagers including one boy (Joaquin Phoenix, matching Kidman's excellence) whose infatuation with Suzanne leads to sexual escapades and predictably troublesome consequences. It's a satirical comedy in Van Sant's capable hands, but it's so close to tabloid reality that the film never seems implausible--which only gives it a funnier, more blood-chilling quality of humor. Featuring Illeanna Douglas, George Segal, and Seinfeld alumnus Wayne Knight in memorable supporting roles, this is one of the best comedies of the '90s--especially if you prefer comedies with a decidedly darker edge. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Nicole KidmanSuzanne Stone Maretto
Matt DillonLarry Maretto
Joaquin PhoenixJimmy Emmett
Casey AffleckRussel Hines
Illeana DouglasJanice Maretto
Alison FollandLydia Mertz
Dan HedayaJoe Maretto
Wayne KnightEd Grant
Kurtwood SmithEarl Stone
Holland TaylorCarol Stone
Susan TraylorFaye Stone
Michael RispoliBen DeLuca

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 106 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 27, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 7, 2001
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