Ruth an overweight, non-domesticated wife discovers that her over-ambitious husband has dumped her for Mary Fisher, a famous romance novelist. She successfully plots her revenge to destroy his family, love-life, career and reputation, while helping others like herself get a fresh start.

  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr. and Sylvia Miles
  • Director(s): Susan Seidelman
  • Producer(s): Orion Pictures
  • Screenwriter(s): Barry Strugatz
  • Release Date: Tuesday, October 24, 1989

Featured Animal Action

A stuffed prop resembling a dead gerbil was used in the soup tureen at a dinner party. In another scene, two dogs are seen playing "fetch" with the boy. A stick is thrown and the dog appears to chase it over a cliff. This scene was accomplished by the dog actually jumping over a hedge to a cut to the cliff to create the illusion.