In this screen adaptation of Fay Weldon's novel, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil
, Susan Seidelman has transformed a black comic masterpiece into a watered-down, dim-witted vehicle for TV sitcom star Roseanne Barr. Phenomenally successful hack-romance novelist Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep)
sets her sights on accountant Bob Patchett (Ed Begley, Jr.), who is easy game. Patchett becomes Fisher's business manager and lover, eventually leaving his fat, clumsy wife, Ruth (Barr), and moving in with the writer. When he leaves Ruth, Patchett accuses her of being a she-devil, a bad cook, a
bad wife, and a bad mother. (From what we're shown, he's not altogether wrong.) R...