Coming to us from Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Contact, Beowulf) this surreal satire comedy is a little older but still looks pretty good. Bear in mind that this is 1992 and the CGI and all the other stuff were just emerging. As you figured from the title, this movie is a black comedy with a mainstream vibe to it. That mainstream vibe is perhaps the reason behind the hate that some of the critics and fans have vented throughout the years. The characters and their troubles, although universal in nature, are focused through the lens of the people living in Los Angeles at a specific period of time. You have to take this into account when watching because these eternal questions are examined with ease when you have good examples and focal points and L.A. is a perfect place for that.

Madeline and Helen are old time rivals in everything, from men to beauty. When time begun to take its toll on their bodies, they became desperate. Of course, a magical potion will help them, or will it? I just loved action star Bruce Willis as a clumsy and lost surgeon, he really showed that he can play diverse roles. Although the effects were at the time mind boggling, the main thing about this flick is the universal story of eternal life, happiness and all the other fun stuff seen through the satire of rivalry and love. Enjoy.

PS I cannot forget Isabella Rossellini, she is half naked the whole flick, she reminds me of  Monica Bellucci today, or some other sexy vixen in the future

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini, Nancy Fish, Michelle Johnson

Fun Stuff: A pneumatic bra was built to create the effect where Meryl Streep’s breasts become higher and firmer after drinking the potion, but the effect didn’t look realistic enough. In order to get the shot Meryl Streep’s dresser stood behind her, out of sight of the camera, and pushed her breasts into position.


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