Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1987. Warner Bros., The Guber-Peters Company, Kennedy Miller Productions. Screenplay by Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by John Updike. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Neil Canton, Peter Guber, Jon Peters. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Polly Platt. Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Film Editing by Hubert de La Bouillerie, Richard Francis-Bruce. Academy Awards 1987.
Proof that even when he makes a bad movie George Miller is still making a good one, this delightful comedy is so enjoyable that even its weakest elements are forgivable. It purports to be based on the novel by John Updike, but the film adaptation has only retained the title and the very basic premise of the book, dealing with three women who meet the Devil himself (Jack Nicholson) and are charmed completely by him. Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon are fantastic as the leads, three independently minded but vulnerable women who end up living in a sort-of harem with the mean red guy until they finally decide to break free of him once and for all. The story builds itself up to a painfully feeble conclusion, but the characters are fun and the experience so light and frothy you won’t mind a single bit. The scene with Veronica Cartwright vomiting cherries is positively inspired.