Seems like a natural setting for a comedy/farce to be set in the world of television soap operas. I mean, the stories are so ridiculous you can just imagine that the actors and actresses operating in that world would also lean towards the silly or inclined towards over-the-top behaviour. That being said, obviously, this is a broad farce. All the laughs are set up in ridiculous scenarios or the cast delivering silly lines.
Speaking of the cast, it is a large one. Released in 1991, the cast is made up of Sally Fields, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr., Kathy Najimy, Elizabeth Shue, Kevin Kline, Carrie Fisher, Teri Hatcher, Costas Mandylor, and Cathy Moriarty. Each plays a believed archetype in the soap opera world. The diva, the schemer, the dumb but attractive people, the young ingenue, and the arrogant. The entire cast buys into it doing whatever it takes to get a laugh. Fun seeing the beloved Sally Fields playing the full of herself diva. Chewing of the scenery aplenty!
Here the story behind the scenes is as crazy as any that has been featured on-air in a soap opera. Scheming, plotting, lies, terrible behaviour, and sex are everywhere on the set of The Sun Also Sets. Plenty of fun and laughs for the viewer.
You get all that plus the crazy hairstyles and clothes of the late 80s and early 90s. Everything is big and flouncy. Hair and fashion match the craziness of the story.
- Behind the scenes featurette
- Original trailer