Parents' Guide to

Postcards from the Edge

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature dramedy has drug/alcohol abuse, cursing.

Movie R 1990 101 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

How do you relate to your mother when you're an adult?

A film depicting a complex mother and daughter relationship filled with booze. It is difficult to relate to but it is salient in its portrayal of disappointment in those around you, particularly love interests and mothers. A solid performance from two great actors.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Wonderful performances, a sizzling script, and a rare but successful blend of drama with comedy and music make this a singularly enjoyable film for grownup audiences. Director Mike Nichols, working with a star-studded cast -- even small roles are inhabited by the likes of Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, a very young Oliver Platt, Rob Reiner, and Annette Bening in her breakout role -- brings complex, engaging characters to life. It wouldn't be fair to say that Nichols makes drug addiction fun, but Postcards from the Edge isn't about painting a heavy or tragic picture of substance abuse. There's poignancy in Suzanne Vale's struggle to stop whatever is the drug of the moment, but the heart of the story is the relationship Suzanne has with her mom. Nichols leavens his film with humor, larger-than-life Hollywood characters, and a touch of romance. Carrie Fisher wrote the script based on her book. How much of it is based on her singular alliance with her real-life mom, Debbie Reynolds, and how much emerges from her imagination has long been a topic of conversation. Given the subject matter, some sexual content, and profanity, the movie is only appropriate for teen audiences.

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