Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lily Tomlin -The Incredible Shrinking Woman


I was so excited when my parents first got cable television in the early 1980s. I remember HBO repeating several movies over and over again. In addition to Poltergeist and Meatballs, I loved watching the Lily Tomlin film, The Incredible Shrinking Woman. Seriously, when I was about ten years old, this sci-fi comedy was one of my favorites.


The Incredible Shrinking Woman was loosely based on the 1957 science fiction classic The Incredible Shrinking Man and was filled with messages of anti-consumerism. Pat Kramer (Lily Tomlin) is a stay-at-home mom to two bratty kids (played by Justin Dana and Shelby Balik -- I found Justin on Facebook, both child stars haven't done much since the movie). Pat, the wife of a successful advertising agency executive, lives with her family and their Spanish-speaking housekeeper in a lovely home filled with colorful pinks, greens, blues, yellows -- this movie has great early 1980s design and style.


The Incredible Shrinking Woman focuses on Pat's transformation after she's exposed to a dangerous concoction of household products. She shockingly goes from a normal sized woman to the size of a Smurf -- I loved when she moved into the doll house! Pat begins to become a media attraction and is soon kidnapped by a group of evil scientists. She escapes with the help of a sweet, smart and savvy gorilla named Sydney and I honestly do not remember the ending...
 
I haven't seen this film in thirty years and think I may ask my husband to add it to our Netflix queue. Here is a clip from The Incredible Shrinking Woman - enjoy!



7 comments:

Wings said...

I was doing the same thing as you. Watched this so many times! I loved it. Such a wack-a-doodle of a movie!

Grace said...

Seriously, one of the best movies ever. I remember being so worried about the garbage disposal scene. I think I may have to add it to my queue too!

Blast from the Past said...

...I don't know if I have ever seen this movie. I think that I'll have to rent it. Lily Tomlin is a very funny comedian. I'll have to let you know how I like it after I watch it. Thanks for the idea! Christmas time is old/fun movie watching time and it's great to have a fun one planned!

MoonDoggie said...

Is this movie why she did some small kid/person on a huge chair bit on Sesame Street? Or was that someone else?
I thought she must have been a bit simple talking like a baby and that.

Mom Mayhem says: said...

Oh my goodnessas always -such a great blast from the past! I remember her and her tiny self on the huge chair -now I want to watch the whole things again :)

Tara said...

ahhhhhhh!! I LOVED this movie!!!!!!!!!

Sabrina said...

I have this movie on VHS that I taped off TV. It's always been one of my absolute favorites. In fact, I've got the "Galaxy Glue" song in my head as I type this, though it's been awhile since I watched the movie so I can't remember what Galaxy Glue was for...

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