Death Becomes Her (1992)

Genres - Comedy, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Fantasy Comedy  |   Release Date - Jul 31, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Mike DiBella

Robert Zemeckis' morbid comedy offers some good laughs with a satirical bent. Borrowing a page from the pitch-black comedic style of Tim Burton, Zemeckis uses a variety of prosthetic special effects and sight gags as the comedic impetus for the film, poking fun at image-conscious Hollywood in the process. Although Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, and Isabella Rosselini turn in good performances and most of their bits tend to be funny, the film relies almost exclusively on make-up and special effects for its laughs. Also, the attempts at satirizing a culture obsessed with youth and beauty are half-hearted at best, considering the willingness of the high-profile cast. When Death Becomes Her veers towards horror in its last act, there's some surprisingly spine-tingling creepiness to it as well. When not overextending itself with its alternately scathing and harmless satirical moments, this non-enduring low-comedy film works well.