Is Mommie Dearest A True Story? Seriously, I have no idea who would want to watch this movie. As Joan Crawford’s relationship with her daughter Christina deteriorates from cruelty to jealousy to pathos, watching “Mommie Dearest” is an excruciatingly dull experience.
It’s relentlessly downbeat and not for dramatic or comedic effect. I got a sinister vibe from it.
In her best-selling memoir, adopted daughter Christina Crawford portrays her movie star mother as a greedy, vicious, drunken wretch whose insecurities and gigantic ego make life miserable for everyone around her. This memoir served as the inspiration for the film.
I don’t know if the book’s depiction is accurate, but the film stays true to it in one important way: it made my life a living hell.
Is Mommie Dearest A True Story?
No, Mommie Dearest is not based on a true story. It was nonfiction founded on the author’s real-life experiences and observations.
When it was first released in 1978, it caused much controversy due to its portrayal of Joan Crawford as an unstable and drunken mother. Crawford’s other daughters, domestic staff, and family acquaintances all criticized the book and claimed that it was a work of fiction. It was adapted into a movie named in 1981 and starred Faye Dunaway.
The plot of “Mommie Dearest” consists primarily of reiterations of the same essential dramatic predicament.
Baby Christina tries to do the right thing, be a good girl, and please Mommie. Still, Mommie is a manic-depressive who vacillates between short triumphs and long savage tirades, infecting her daughter with resentment and guilt.
Baby Christina tries to do the right thing, tries to be a good girl, and tries to please Mommie.
In one scene after another, we are invited to watch as Joan Crawford screams at Christina, cuts her hair with scissors, beats her with a wire coat hanger, and, on one terrible day, tackles her across an end table, hurls her to the carpet, bangs her head against the floor, and attempts to choke her to death. Who is interested in seeing this?
This information is offered mainly for shock value. The film doesn’t even try to use the Hollywood-favorite shorthand Freudianism to glean any psychological insights from Joan Crawford’s life.
The mother is a monster, and her troubled upbringing is hinted at.
Christina is a courageous, cheerful, attractive, and long-suffering ditz who would be more sympathetic if she weren’t instructed (in both her childhood and adult incarnations) to be cold and mysterious.
Was Mommie Dearest Exaggerated?
Under the tagline “The illusion of perfection,” the original black-and-white Mommie Dearest billboard featured a headshot of Faye Dunaway as Joan with her eyebrows, cheekbones, and lips greatly enlarged to create a nearly hideous mask.
And remember, this was when everyone at the studio and on set took the movie seriously.
Why Did Faye Dunaway Regret Mommie Dearest?
The actress, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards, explains to the magazine that she initially mistook the role for a “window into a troubled mind,” and that the experience ended up being harmful to her career.
What Was Wrong With Mommy Dearest?
According to Mommie Dearest, Crawford beat, slapped, kicked, and even attempted to strangle her daughter while demanding that she clean the house around the clock. This was likely due to the actress’s drinking, but it might have been for other reasons.