Cinema: Warty Worm


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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