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Laramie Movie Scope:
Death Becomes Her

Ugly idea becomes ugly movie

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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August 4, 1992 -- ``Death Becomes Her,'' a gimmicky film about an eternal triangle is the current box office hit of the week.

``Death Becomes Her'' teams Robert Zemeckis, who directed the ``Back to the Future'' films, with stars Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep. Laboring mightily against an idea-starved script they have crafted a mole hill of a movie.

The special effects are excellent, but they are not enough to breathe much life into the boring and pointless script. The story concerns a vain actress, well-played by Streep, who manages to stop the onset of middle age with a magic potion dispensed by an enchantress, played by Isabella Rossellini.

She is also involved in a struggle with Hawn for her husband, Willis, who was once engaged to Hawn. The struggle winds up with Willis pushing Streep down the stairs, killing her, and then Streep shooting Hawn. Both wind up dead, but still moving around because both of them once drank the same magic potion.

But then Streep and Hawn decide to become friends and decide to keep Willis around because he, once a plastic surgeon, has become an expert at making dead people look good (the secret is spray paint). What a great plot idea, not! If this story makes no sense to you, congratulations. This story cries out for a character we can sympathize with.

The film has its moments, but not many. It rates a C-.

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