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Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her

Updated on October 26, 2014
Death Becomes Her
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When you're down and feeling blue, there's no medicine quite like laughter.

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine was going through a rough time in her life. Her father died of cancer about a month ago and two weeks later, her beloved cat suddenly fell ill and passed away a couple of days later. She was devastated to say the least and since she lived alone I thought it would be nice to invite her over for a nice dinner. Throughout the meal my friend didn't say much and I had difficulty finding the right words to comfort her. After a couple of hours, we were ready for dessert and while I was getting it ready, I decided to pop a movie into the DVD player for some much needed entertainment. I let her choose the movie from my small collection of DVDs and was surprised that she chose a movie called Death Becomes Her.

Death Becomes Her

Although the title suggests otherwise, there is no actual death that takes place in the movie. Death Becomes Her has never failed to make me laugh no matter how low I am feeling. Perhaps it's seeing Merryl Streep playing such a silly role to perfection or the dark humor of it all, it always gets me cracking up. This time was no exception and as I was preparing our dessert plates, I could see a smile creeping its way onto my friend's face. Surprisingly she's never seen the movie before and so we decided to watch the whole movie together with dessert and coffee.

This hilarious dark comedy stars the incomparable Meryl Streep, Bruce Willlis and Goldie Hawn ( boy do I miss her ). Madeline brilliantly played by Meryl Streep, is an aging Hollywood star who stole and ran away with her high-school rival Helen's (played by Goldie Hawn) fiance. Helen is determined to get revenge on Madeline and in the process, both of them discover a potion for eternal youth. However eternal youth and beauty doesn't come without consequences.

Death Becomes Her is drama, horror and comedy all wrapped up into one hilarious movie. The script is well written and the acting is superb. I consider Meryl Streep to be the greatest actresses of all time and she plays the role of self-obsessed Madeline to perfection. Goldie Hawn, in which she plays Helen who is fat and depressed at the start then transforms into a beautiful lady, plays both her characters brilliantly. Bruce Willis is the male character caught between the rivalry of the two and it's rare to see him such a sensitive role.

The magic of movies

After we finished watching the movie, it was clear that my friend felt better. She ended up opening up to me and we talked about life and loss that comes with living in this physical world. It was getting late so I gave my friend a hug and kissed her goodbye. It's funny and amazing how a good film has the ability to lift one's spirits. My friend left my apartment looking just a little bit happier than when she arrived.

Death Becomes Her
Death Becomes Her

Seriously one of the funniest movies to date. With a superb case that includes Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, this is sure to become your favorite.

 

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      I remember when I saw this movie I was surprised. I am not a big Bruce Willis fan, but he did a good job.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: I still remember it till this day.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      This was certainly among the top five funniest films I ever watched!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: haha. You must like it as much as I do.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ChocolateLily: Thank you for commenting chocolateLily. Definitely one of my favorites as well.

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      I love this movie. I think I've watched it over 10 times in my life. No kidding.

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      This was one of my step-mom's favorites, and I always enjoyed watching it with her. It's been ages since I last saw it, though. I am glad your friend felt better afterwards.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Laughter really is the best medicine.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Now I know this is a comedy that so delighted your friend I'm inclined to watch it. It's one more Meryl Streep film that sounds relivable.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you RenaissanceWoman for those kind words.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I'm surprised to have missed this movie. Meryl Streep is my favorite actress of all time. I try to see everything that features her. It's wonderful when you can find a way to encourage a friend. You have such a good heart.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Great review. I loved the movie too -- and was quite surprised at the comic-acting chops of Ms. Streep (I have since seen her in other comic roles, but this was the first). Good choice. Thank you.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @shay-marie: Haha. I wish Bruce Willis plays more characters like this in the future.

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      Shay Marie 4 years ago from Southern California

      I was browsing your profile and I saw this and went YESSSS. I seriously love this movie. It's one of the most non-Bruce-Willis-y characters that Bruce Willis has ever played. I also love She-Devil. LOVE.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ReviewsRS: thanks so much. hope you're having a great day

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: This really is a great movie. thanks for reading

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sushilasri: thank you so much

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @silla lm: thank you Silla. you are kind. It really is a funny movie:)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Belva Boggs: Well I remember this movie as well so you can't be that old! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kim Milai: Yay! I appreciate you reading and commenting on my review.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SavioC: Oh yes I can't remember the name of that movie either. I will have to fine out.

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      ReviewsRS 4 years ago

      Great choice for a Pick-Me-Up movie. Seen it a couple times.

      @SavioC was the film "Bird on a Wire"?

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Yes, I loved it back then when I first saw the movie. : D

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      this is one of my favorite movies. I love Goldie, but Meryl is the best. This movie was so very funny!

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      silla lm 4 years ago

      I watched this movie many years ago. I don't remember much about it other than the fact that I laughed a lot! I'm glad it helped your friend feel a little better :)

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      Belva Boggs 4 years ago

      I'd forgotten all about this movie. Am I really that old?

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      I LOVE this movie. I like both Meryl and Goldie. Great article and great choice.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Yes I watched it and liked it. Love Meryl Streep & Goldie Hawn too (I could not vote on the poll as I love them both) . I loved Goldie Hawn in a movie along with Mel Gibson (I forgot the name) she was just too good in that. Great review.