YMMV / Death Becomes Her

  • Accidental Aesop: While the movie's main point is about aging, it drops another one in regards to how Madeline and Helen's relationship is handled. The two are driven by a psychotic hatred and jealousy of each other, and they're constantly seeking to one-up each other for any and every perceived slight. Their motivations boil down to a back and forth of the Blame Game, and even when they're forced to live with each other to maintain their bodies they can't overcome their petty hatred. The message? Women hating on other women will just make both of them unable to be happy or live a decent life, especially when they have to depend on each other to survive.
  • Awesome Music: Alan Silvestri's wonderfully bitchy Gothic strings. Also the Stylistic Suck of Songbird!
  • Genius Bonus: Songbird! is based on Sweet Bird of Youth, which is about a White-Dwarf Starlet - just like Madeline.
  • Ham and Cheese: Everyone does show a tendency to ham it up, and it doesn't hurt the slightest.
    Helen: En Garde, bitch!
    Ernest: Can't you see? IT'S A MIRACLE!
  • He's Just Hiding!: Apparently, Hollywood zombies do this after a while, like Greta Garbo and Jim Morrison.
  • Hollywood Homely: Helen in her early scenes.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Isabella Rosselini as Lisle has some of the most hysterical moments in the film, despite having the least screentime. And Catherine Bell was her nudity body double. Also, Sydney Pollack as the doctor who examines Madeline.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie is about as subtle as a bull in a China shop when it comes to its Aesop about aging, but it's damned effective, too.
  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Lisle's necklace.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While Ernest ultimately comes across as the most sympathetic character in the film and goes on to live a fulfilling life, it still doesn't quite make up for the whole pushing his wife down the stairs incident.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: It won an Academy Award. While some of the effects may seem a little hokey and rough now, at the time putting a backwards head on a woman and putting a hole right through another was a huge leap.


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