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The Incredible Shrinking Woman

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"This is THE film encompassing the perils of suburban living, capitalist greed, and pop culture, certainly one of the funniest films of the era. Starring Charles Grodin and Lily Tomlin (in the title roll), this dark comedy follows the "strange, almost stranger than strange" story of Pat Kramer: a housewife living in the suburban community of "Tasty Meadows" who comes to learn that the very products her husband's advertising agency represent have begun to take a toll on her health. Tomlin does double duty as Pat and neighbor Judith, a sort of Avonlady of the damned... as well as quick cameos from Edith Ann and Ernestine, characters that Tomlin made famous apart from this film.

One of the funniest satires of American life I have ever seen, "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" contains such cinematic gems as "the little bar of soap", a bedtime song, and the garbage disposal "death" of shrunken Pat at the hands of the clumsy and whorey Latin maid Concepcion. Grodin's character is much like the Grodin you would expect to see on a cable news show (his forte), and the supporting cast includes Henry Gibson of LAUGH-in as a sinister scientist bent on world domination.

Though it used to be played on television almost as much as the "Silver Streak" or "A Christmas Story", it seems to have shrunken into obscurity over the years. At least two versions of the film exist, one giving more focus to Tomlin's versatility in numerous roles.

My favorite scene- Tomlin finds that she can no longer act as matriarch of her beloved family and moves into her daughter's dollhouse after being accosted by the children's toys.

My favorite line- Neighbor Judith confronts a woman at a neighborhood watch meeting regarding her refusal to pick up after her dog with "It grieves me to see a grown woman cheapen herself by lying.""

--SuburbanWhores



 

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Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson, Elizabeth Wilson, Mark Blankfield, Pamela Bellwood, John Glover, Mike Douglas

Released: January 30, 1981

Availability: VHS


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