Thursday, November 21, 2013

MOVIE WEEKEND: WISHFUL DRINKING

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Today I present for your consideration Carrie Fisher's one woman autobiographical show, Wishful Drinking (2010, Originally Filmed for HBO, Available On DVD).


Though wistful and poignant at times, this film of Carrie Fisher's autobiographical stage show is also hilariously funny and very intelligent.

Fisher's life has been filled with celebrities (she's the daughter of movie star Debbie Reynolds and recording star Eddie Fisher). Fisher insists that when her mother calls, she always says, This is your mother, Debbie Reynolds. Fisher also tells quite a few stories about starring as Princess Leia in Star Wars. She says she weighed 105 pounds when filming started, but was told to lose ten pounds because her face was too broad. She then shows a photo of her ridiculous Princess Leia hairdo that, ironically, made her face look wider.


Normally, I don't think of addiction as amusing, but Carrie Fisher makes it very funny:


Carrie Fisher: You know how they say "Religion is the opiate of the masses?" Well I took masses of opiates religiously!

I laughed out loud multiple times while watching this show. It's kind of difficult to describe the interesting set, the great writing, and Fisher's excellent performance. But I think if you give this film a chance, many of you will enjoy it. It's not for children, but you can consider it for teens about 14 and older.

Wishful Drinking earns The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval.

May the force be with you.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

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21 comments:

  1. You've never steered me wrong, so I'm going to be looking for this one!

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  2. I do like Carrie Fisher even though I've never been a fan of her mother.

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    1. Carrie is so funny, but in a more relaxed way than her mother is. I love some of Debbie's old musicals, and thought she was great in Mother.

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  3. I'm getting this one. Postcards from the edge was based on her life. With Meryl. I own that one. Meryl is an awesome singer.

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    1. I love Postcards From the Edge, the book and the movie. Carrie is an awesome singer, too.

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  4. Carrie Fisher was supposed to be one of the speakers at a charity luncheon for about 2,000 people. She didn't show or even call. It may have been because of her addictions, but I've 86ed her from my life!!

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    1. I think she was an addict for quite a few years. I'm surprised she didn't have someone to make calls for her.

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    1. It's very good, but if profanity bothers you, then you won't want to see it. Lotsa four-letter words.

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  6. I had no idea she was an addict. I bet this is a really interesting movie!

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  7. The light and funny side of addiction, huh? If you say so...

    Actually, I really did like "Postcards from the Edge", so I'd probably like this one, too. Thanks!

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    1. Wishful Drinking is post cards from the edgy.

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  8. Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher is like a hangnail on my finger....annoying. She just rubs me the wrong way. Glad you enjoyed it nevertheless!

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    1. I'm fond of her. She's Princess Leia always and forever.

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  9. I have no opinion about her one way or the other, nor of her mother. (I hope my grammar was correct there.) But I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. I have never heard of this movie. Sounds good. :) And just so you know, your comment the other day made me smile so much. I'm having a hard time articulating things lately. I suspect I will be a bit better since the doctors have put me out of work for the next two days (unrelated to the feet). Clearly, it's time for me to refocus my priorities.

    (((HUGS)))

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    1. You're making me smile right now, but I'm sorry you're having difficulties. Please relax during your time off. Let the boys make dinner. . . maybe not. I'd never heard of Wishful Drinking, either, but Netflix knows me so well. They said I would like it and I did.

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  11. I love Carrie Fisher. She's so honest and cool. Glad to hear it's a show worth watching. :) And btw, happy day after Thanksgiving!

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