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Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge
Postcards from the Edge
Postcards from the Edge
  • R
  • 1h 42m
  • 1990
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Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Hackman, Dennis Quaid and Richard Dreyfuss star in Mike Nichols' hilarious blockbuster film about a very real mother-daughter relationship set against the backdrop of today's Hollywood. Based on Carrie Fisher's best-selling novel.
© 1990 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Uniting a pair of powerhouse talents with a smart, sharply written script, Postcards from the Edge makes compelling drama out of reality-inspired trauma.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Mature dramedy has drug/alcohol abuse, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Postcards from the Edge is a warmhearted drama with comedy, music, iconic movie stars in dazzling performances, and a witty script by Carrie Fisher, based on her book. It's the Hollywood tale of a complex mother-daughter relationship, the challenges of dealing with substance abuse, the trials of working in show business, and growing up at last, no matter how old you are. Drug and alcohol use are essential layers in the fabric of the film. A character suffers a drug overdose, spends time in a rehab facility, and tries to remain clean and sober ever after. References to various drugs (cocaine, Demerol, Percodan), blackouts, and addiction are heard in several scenes. An inebriated woman is hurt in a car accident. Language is occasionally profane (i.e., "f--k," "s--t," "a--holes," "assholes," "t-ts"). Given that Fisher was the daughter of musical star Debbie Reynolds, the book and movie are at least "inspired by" their shared real-life experiences. Entertaining, nominated for many prestigious awards, and surprisingly timely in spite of the fact that it was released in 1990, the themes, language, some sexual situations, and significant drug references make it appropriate only for teens and up.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:September 12, 1990
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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