If you've never seen it, the film stars Kirstie Alley of "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet."
I like the movie for a number of reasons including the strong performances. Jami Gertz ("Square Pegs" and "Still Standing") is great as Kirstie's sister and Ed O'Neill ("Married With Children") is really strong as well. Other than them, I'd note Carrie Fisher and Sam Elliott. No one does a bad job but there are only five really strong performances. You're adding and saying, "But that's four!"
Kirstie is the fifth and she's why I'm writing about the movie.
In the last ten years, she's been ridiculed repeatedly for her weight gain. I can think of several actors who've put on a lot of weight but aren't being made fun of on SNL's Weekend Update -- which will attack Kirstie Alley any chance they get.
So Kirstie is fat now. So what?
If we had a functioning culture, she'd be on TV right now as the lead in a sitcom or playing lead parts in a movie.
Kirstie hasn't stopped knowing how to make people laugh. And it's not as though, even at her most slender, she presented herself as a sex object.
So she's put on some weight and why does that have to stop her career?
She's certainly not the only overweigh person in this country.
Watching "Sibling Rivalry," I remembered how I watched and watched "Veronica's Closet" wanting it to be great. That was her NBC sitcom. The first year, I liked. The second? They brought on Ron Silver who I never liked to begin with but put him in some sort of 'authority' position over Kirstie (Veronica) which didn't make for funny. He was out the third season and things finally got cooking. I always wanted to see Olive (Kathy Najimy) and Perry (Dan Cortese) hook up. Since Perry and Veronica were heading in that direction, a fourth season could have allowed that but the show got the axe.
On that show, her weight was already becoming a press issue. It's funny because I don't ever remember King of Queen's 'reporting' obsessing over Kevin James' weight. Do you?
But Kirstie Alley is funny. The best moment in the movie for me is when Jami is trying to give Kirstie a pep talk and reminds her that she was a writer and she used to write short stories. "Those weren't short stories," Kirstie insists, "they were novels. I just never finished them."
After that, my favorite moment is probably when she is on the phone with Bill Pullman who thinks he has discovered her husband dead (it's her brother-in-law, that she's slept with) and she's telling him to hold onto the wallet and she'll be right there (the hotel).
She's really funny and, if nothing else, she reminds you just how funny she can be. And then makes you wonder about the state of the country that a woman who is 60-years-old is expected to be a skinny reed and, if she's not, it doesn't matter that she's hilarious, people just don't want to know.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"