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Laramie Movie Scope: Soapdish

A funny spoof of daytime drama

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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August 7, 1991 -- ``Soapdish'' is the class of this week's new films, starring three academy award-winners, Sally Field, Kevin Kline and Whoopi Goldberg. This is a very funny movie about soap opera stars who lead lives nearly as bizarre as the people they portray on television.

Field plays the star of a soap called ``The Sun Also Sets,'' while Kline is comically languishing away playing ``Death of a Salesman'' at a run down dinner theater in Florida.

Due to a studio plot Kline, once Field's lover, is brought back to the show. Old emotions are stirred up and a long-lost child arrives on the scene to complicate matters. Kline, as usual is brilliant as the desperate actor trying to get back on top and trying to get revenge on the woman who drummed him out of the show 20 years ago. Whoopi Goldberg is also excellent, but unfortunately has a rather limited role in the film. Field does a good job as the frantic actress trying to conceal a secret about her past in this broad farce.

The film starts out rather slowly, but once it gets going the pace is frantic the rest of the way. It slides hilariously between reality and soap opera plot twists. The film rates a B.

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