By Margaret Lyons
Updated August 28, 2009 at 02:42 PM EDT

Meryl Streep is arguably our best living actress, and she’s by all accounts awesome and interesting and smart, etc. But this mock editorial in the Onion, called “Name One Masterpiece Of Cinema That I’ve Starred In,” by Meryl Streep is really, really on the money.

I know it’s a joke, and that Meryl Streep didn’t really write it, but the very funny piece is totally right. Por ejemplo: “… the name Meryl Streep isn’t really synonymous with one truly unforgettable film. It’s weird to think about, but it’s undeniably true. Go ahead, try and name a classic movie I’ve starred in. Not a classic character I’ve portrayed, mind you, but an overall amazing piece of cinema. You can’t. You just can’t.” Then it runs through some of the Streep filmography:

  • Kramer vs. Kramer: “Let’s be honest, Kramer Vs. Kramer isn’t really a masterpiece in the same way that, say, The French Connection or On The Waterfront is a masterpiece.”
  • Sophie’s Choice: “I looked at AFI’s top 100 movies list and Sophie’s Choice was No. 91, behind Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense. And truthfully, all I could say was, ‘That’s about right.’ “
  • The Deer Hunter: “[H]ow long was I in the The Deer Hunter? Three, maybe four minutes? Truthfully, I don’t really remember being in the The Deer Hunter at all.”

And so on. I like Adaptation, but that’s not exactly a masterpiece, and Silkwood is interesting, but not really going in the time capsule. I went through her 12 essential roles, and again, she’s great, but none of these projects are modern classics.

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