Mommie Dearest (1981)


“You drove Al Steele to his grave, and now you’re trying to stab me in the back? Forget it. I fought worse monsters than you for years in Hollywood. I know how to win the hard way. ” – Joan Crawford

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Biography of the turbulent relationship actress Joan Crawford had with her children.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have known about for 35+ years but never really had much interest in seeing it.

I recall as a kid that one of my sisters would get my mother really mad by constantly calling her Mommie Dearest.

After such a wait, I expected it to actually be much better than it was.

Faye Dunaway is fine in the title role, but she gives such an over-the-top performance that is both a mixture of great and terrible that it’s hard to describe.

Too many of the scenes in the film drag on a bit too much and there are even ones that border on being extremely boring to have to endure watching far too often.

They do a nice job of giving us an insider’s look at the life of someone who seemed to be larger than life yet is actually a normal flawed human being just like the rest of us.

This film was nominated for 9 Razzie awards that year and ‘won’ 5 of them including Worst Picture.

In addition it ‘won’ Worst Film of the Decade in ’90 and Worst Film of the first 25 years of the Razzies in 2005.

I can definitely understand this viewpoint yet it truly isn’t as terrible as depicted by those awards.

This film is quite unbalanced and some scenes work well and others quite poorly.

Not something I plan to see again tho.

Bottom Line – Not nearly as interesting as I had expected it to be. Dunaway is fine in the lead role despite giving us a very over-the-top performance. Some scenes unfortunately drag on too much and despite a seemingly interesting subject covered, it gets boring far too often.   Nice insider’s look at the life of a celeb which shows that even they have flaws and are imperfect in some way or another. I can definitely understand how this film could win so many Razzies yet it really isn’t that bad because there are some scenes that do work much better than others which keeps things too unbalanced.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The highest-rated film on IMDb to win the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, with a rating of 6.7/10 as of December 2017. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Mommie Dearest (1981)

  1. This movie is an acquired taste, to be sure! It really is kind of a monster movie…Faye is like Godzilla meets the Bride of Frankenstein in some of those scenes. But everyone else is playing it like an old fashioned black and white melodrama; once you get in that mind set it is a raucous comedy! I have seen it at least 50 times….LOL

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