Cinema: Warty Worm

SHE-DEVIL

Directed by Susan Seidelman Screenplay by Mark R. Burns and Barry Strugatz

Watching Meryl Streep as Mary Fisher, romance novelist, is like seeing Margaret Thatcher play the horse in a Christmas pantomime -- and with delicious style. The great gray lady of movie drama brings her precise acting tools to a comedy of manners, flouncing wittily onto a couch, exhaling every word in swooning intimacy, switching from fawn to fume in the wink of a lover's indiscretion. She can even speak American English without an accent. Surprise! Inside the Greer Garson roles Streep usually plays, a vixenish Carole Lombard is...

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