She plays a professor obsessed with Chinese culture who helps a brilliant Chinese math student work with the mathematics department at her university.The student turns out to be unbalanced as well as brilliant, and the movie ends in tragedy.She spends most of the running time acting as if dancing is in the same moral neighborhood as a murderous orgy.
We watched all 44 and can say that every performance is a little bit different, but they’re all great. (1993) This movie gets pretty much everything wrong about Streep, Latin American culture (which will happen when your Chileans are played by Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, and Winona Ryder), literary adaptations, and the way human beings interact with each other on this planet. A bewildered, strangely tone-deaf studio drama that features Streep and Liam Neeson — back when he was a sensitive ponytailed man in a tweedy jacket, before he punched wolves in the face — as suburban parents of a son (Edward Furlong, back when Edward Furlong was everywhere) who accidentally kills his girlfriend.Loosely inspired by a 1991 shooting at the University of Iowa, the movie is amateurishly shot and even poorly lit; it looks like it was shot with a camcorder.It’s particularly strange that Streep is in it because her part has little connection to the plot and, you know, the movie looks like it was shot with a camcorder.The movie doesn’t hold up well at all; Roseanne isn’t bad, but is much more sitcommy than even we remembered at the time.It’s also oddly toothless; it’s telling that the movie is mostly forgotten today, in an age that theoretically could embrace the camp of it.And despite all of Streep’s accolades, her performance of Stephen Sondheim’s indelible songs isn’t particularly memorable.Just think how great peak-era Bernadette Peters would have been in this part.(1998) Based on a famous Irish play, Lughnasa gives Streep one of our least favorite roles for her: prim, proper, joyless and rigid matriarch.Later she would bring a little flash of humor to a role like this — Doubt being the best example — but she’s so deadly serious here that it brings the whole film to a stop.But horror auteur Wes Craven has no feel for the material, and the suffocating importance of the proceedings never lets up.We wonder if Streep even remembers she got an Academy Award nomination for it. with Denzel Washington, and cast Meryl Streep in the iconic Angela Lansbury role.