Parents' Guide to

Death Becomes Her

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Streep, Hawn comically, murderously defy age and death.

Movie PG-13 1992 104 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Laughter at it's best!!!

Compared to other movies this is a love story lighten up people ...there's a difference between real life and fantasy
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age 13+

The epitome of dark humor at its very finest

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This movie was not generally well reviewed in 1992, but all those critics were wrong: This is an over-the-top comic classic. Streep, Hawn, Willis, and Rossellini deliver the goods as they ham it up through this one-of-a-kind side show of a movie. Listen for Alan Sylvestris' melodramatic score and admire David Koepp and Martin Donovan's searing and witty dialogue and plotting. Like the scripts for a few other classic comedies -- Moonstruck and The Sunshine Boys come to mind -- Death Becomes Her is perfect. The fun is accompanied by substance: The script, direction, and performances ruthlessly depict narcissistic protagonists in a narcissistic universe. Director Zemeckis infuses this romp with deliciously ghoulish glee.

The movie is a powerful and hilarious satire on a culture obsessed with youth, good looks, body image, and self-absorption. Plastic surgery, eternal youth magic potions, disloyalty, and murderous selfishness are all mercilessly on display. While the obsessions are taken to absurdist extremes, its subjects are as current as ever -- this feels more like a reality show than satire. The movie unquestionably promotes a view that people this concerned with their appearances are to be disdained, but it also jokingly suggests that most of the wealthy and famous in New York and Hollywood are like this: well-preserved, immortal, and enjoying private life after death somewhere comfortable. It's a fantasy notion that will give families lots to talk about.

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