The Outrageous Fortune thread inspired me to start one about this other Bette Midler 80's gem.
Great cast with Danny DeVito and the late, great Anita Morris.
The Main Titles alone are worth watching. And it just gets better from there
This movie is soooo 80s but in a really fun way. The scenes with fat Bette as a kidnap victim in the basement are my favorites. WHET to Helen Slater? She was in a few really big movies in the mid-late 80s and then she just disappeared. Poor Anita Morris died way too young; she had such a screen presence and a young Bill Pullman as her dimwit lover was funny too.
I was on the Outrageous Fortune thread too
Fun, fun movie. Funny lines - "do you mean I've being marked down? I've been kidnapped by K-mart."
Yes, WEHT to Helen?
[quote]a young Bill Pullman as her dimwit lover was funny too
Hot, too. I'd have loved to hop into bed with him and his Dust Buster.
Yes, Pullan was the stupidest man on the face of the Earth.
great theme song by a solo Mick Jagger
Billy Joel's Modern Woman also appears.
Wonderful movie, a perfect black farce. Is it available anywhere?
Here's a scene from toward the end.
Helen's hair is cute.
Luv this movie. Perfect casting, to the point I was dying with laughter. Bless whoever wrote it. Sucks that nothing has really been half as funny since.
Hilariously over-the-top Memphis Egyptian -style furniture in their nouveau riche modern house.
There's Something About Mary Dumb and Dumber Kingpin
We need a poll on the funniest Bette Midler film of the 80s.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Big Business.
I suppose Beaches doesn't count, since it's a drama, but I would throw it in as well.
Say what you will about Ms. Midler, but she was the shit back in the day.
Helen has actually worked very steadily in her career, but it's just been by making a few guest appearances in TV Series while she' raised her daughter. Now that her daughter is a teenager, Helen took on more steady work last year as a series regular in The Lying Game, a teen drama on ABC Family.
Always preferred JINXED over any of Bette's other '80s comedies (with BIG BUSINESS coming in second). It's the perfect black comedy with so many hilarious throwaway bits.
^ [italic]Jinxed![/italic] got her branded as box-office poison before she started her comeback. (She also told anybody who'd listen how much she hated Ken Wahl.) Now I'm curious to watch it.
One of the funniest scenes of any movie ever: Bette explaining to Helen what happens when you get put to death in prison, just to freak her out.
The first thing that came into my mind too was this movie after the Outrageous Fortune thread. I fell out of my chair laughing. I thought Bette was great in it. It's my favorite movie of hers.
"I've been kidnapped by Huey and Duey! Jesus Christ it smells like a toilet in here!"
Easily Bette's funniest performance. She was hilarious in a totally different way in Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
I'll never forget Danny DeVito proposing sex with his mistress by saying "We can have a poke in the whiskers."
Was that the same lady who played the mistress who was in the Broadway Show 9? Didn't she pass away recently? She was so sexy.
I got this movie on VHS as a birthday present when I was 10. Half of it went over my head and I still thought it was hilarious. The dust buster under the covers confused the life out of me.
"Moooore. Moooooooore. MMMMOOOOOOOORRRRREEEE."
I loved Danny DeVito's utter contempt for Bette: "I even hate the way she licks stamps."
I loved this movie. It was so funny I hurt laughing.
You'd have to include her latest That Old Feeling. Love that one too.