This is without doubt one of my all-time favourite movies. See a young Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), Robert Downey Jr, Sally Field, Kevin Kline and Whoopi Goldberg make the best of a sharply written, funny script.
Where films like Scary Movie parody particular scenes in films, this parodies the whole genre of glossy, trashy, over-the-top American daytime soap operas. At the daytime TV awards we get to see the arc that Sally Field's Celeste Talbert has gone through in the space of a year - comatose, close to death, imprisoned in a South American jail, reunited with a long-lost daughter... and while to her face her fellow cast members are all sweetness and light, behind her back, they're trying everything they can to get rid of her. All the main characters have big skeletons in their closets, not least the buxom blonde Montana Moorhead (Cathy Moriarty) who teases David (Downey Jr) with the promise of wild sex if only he will get rid of Celeste.
Into the mix we have thrown Elisabeth Shue as Celeste's niece, desperate to become a star, and Kevin Kline, an unpleasant blast from the past for Celeste. His character had been killed - decapitated - 20-odd years before, but managed to put his own head back on in a pioneering operation. Yes, it IS that ridiculous, but it's also extremely funny. There are so many funny lines in this film ("She has more lines than I do and she's a GODDAMN MUTE!") that it will keep you chuckling the whole way through.
There's also a Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach moment when we see Carrie Fisher auditioning hopeful young actors, shirtless, for a part.
I love this film unreservedly