''Isn't She Great'' and ''Drowning Mona''
''Isn't She Great'' and ''Drowning Mona'' -- We review two new-to-video films starring the Divine Miss M
”Isn’t She Great” and ”Drowning Mona”
Anyone wondering why the once-divine Miss M is deigning to do a self-titled CBS sitcom this fall need only rent these big-screen botches. In Isn’t She Great, Midler careens between low camp and even-lower melodrama as Jacqueline Susann — trash-novel author (Valley of the Dolls), long-suffering mom, narcissistic loudmouth. Perhaps a better title would’ve been Isn’t She Grating. Bette chews on the title role of Drowning Mona, as a small-town harridan who’s murdered by one of her many enemies. She could learn a lesson in subtlety from her leading men, Isn’t She Great‘s Nathan Lane and Drowning Mona‘s Danny DeVito, whose underplayed performances are these misfires’ only bright spots. Isn’t She Great: D; Drowning Mona: D-