Suzanne Stone knows exactly what she wants. She wants to be a television newscaster and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles…
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KIDMAN is really an actress to die for & this film is a killer! === KIDMAN est à tomber, ce film est une tuerie ! Avec des seconds rôles "too much" / with a great supporting cast : Joaquin PHOENIX, Casey AFFLECK, Illeana DOUGLAS, George SEGAL, David CRONENBERG, Dan HEDAYA (Blood Simple). A first Hollywood production for VAN ZANDT & a Golden Globe for KIDMAN.
The cast is great, particularly Nicole Kidman and Illeana Douglas, but it's a pretty limp satire that does, however, rise to the occasion (pun sort of intended) when the US National Anthem puts Suzanne into a trance as she realizes the murder of her husband doesn't just lift the weight off her "shooting star" but places it in front of more cameras than she ever dreamed.
It's camp, but in a nice way. Kidman has such a juicy role and is pitch perfect as weather-girl turned psychopath Suzanne Stone. The dark comedy elements really work in this satire critic to Hollywood, pop culture and seeking fame at all costs. The rest of the cast is also good, specially Illeana Douglas and Joaquin Phoenix. Cool film!
A pitch-perfect dark comedy. Nicole Kidman is phenomenal, in fact, everyone is fantastic under Gus Van Sant's specific and brilliant direction. The biggest mistake you can make while watching this film is to take it too seriously. This may be Van Sant's most openly hilarious movie. The darker, the funnier. Matt Dillon deserves special mention as playing pitch-perfect-terrible. The whole film looks incredibly.