Reviewed bycalvinnmeVote: 9/10/10
When Carrie Fisher passed away unexpectedly late last year, at thattime knowing nothing about the health of her mother, Debbie Reynolds,only her age - 84 - I thought to myself, this kind of a shock could doa person in at that age. And the next day it did.
This documentary shows these two as much more than just mother anddaughter, but fast friends. It is a great tribute to both ladies. Ittalks a little bit about Debbie's past problems - being abandoned byher husband with two small children, then marrying a guy she thoughtwould bring her family some stability and security, but it didn't - hein fact bankrupted them with his compulsive gambling. And she faced allof this with dignity and was a fighter.
Debbie doesn't do that much talking for or about herself. In factthrough most of the documentary it is mentioned how she is feeling justawful, but you'd never guess it. She is always dressed to the nines andsmiling - something Carrie said she learned as a recruit in the oldstudio system at MGM. And then, feeling awful, Debbie books a Las Vegasshow and brings her children into the act because she simply can't dothe whole show. She just couldn't retire outright because she lovedentertaining and loved the audiences.
Carrie does most of the talking. Like mom, she is a fighter, and alsohas quite a sense of humor. She fought her way back from a childhood inwhich she was abandoned by her dad, Eddie Fisher, in every waypossible. It's like he just left them behind like they were part of apast life - until Carrie had some success and he came back asking formoney. She fought her way back from drug addiction and her failedmarriage to Paul Simon, who was much older than she, and during thedocumentary she is quite open about her battle with her weight as shetries to get the pounds off with the help of a trainer in preparationfor the Star Wars film, "Episode 7". The trainer keeps trying to takeher sodas away from her - which she keeps replenishing.
Carrie has a visit from old childhood chum Griffin Dunne, and theyeasily talk about their youth. After all of the awful stuff you havejust learned about her dad, Eddie Fisher, and his parental negligence,Carrie goes to visit him, and he does look like death warmed over atthis point, and Carrie tells him that she loves him and she seems toreally mean it. It is revealed during the documentary that Eddie Fisherwas a drug addict too, and I think having that common experience withher dad has made it easier for her to forgive him. What a classy lady.Eddie Fisher passed away in 2010, so obviously this part of thedocumentary was shot much earlier.
Todd, Carrie's younger brother, is in the documentary too, but hedoesn't have much to say.
The documentary is not in "this is your life" style. It is more justfollowing Debbie and Carrie around and showing the deep relationshipand love they had for one another. Dance on in the afterlife classyladies, you'll both be terribly missed. I miss you already.
Obviously, highly recommended.
Reviewed byhyslbrVote: 8/10/10
Why does no one mention this fine documentary of both Carrie Fisher andher mother, Debbie Reynolds, that played on HBO and AFI 2016. I foundit so moving and informative about their very close relationship. I'mhoping the film will be distributed widely following Carrie's prematuredeath. What's wrong with those obit writers who don't seem to be awareof this film? An important revelation to this viewer was the musicaltalent Carrie exhibited. Her singing voice reflected the gifts sheinherited from both Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. There may havebeen downsides to being the child of such celebrated parents, but shewas certainly up to the task. In addition, her wry observations ofherself and others was right on. Kitty A postscript following the deathof Debbie Reynolds. Bright Lights gives an answer to why the symbiosisof this relationship could lead to the second death.
Reviewed bylarry41onEbayVote: 8/10/10
Bright Lights is an illuminating look inside the homes and lives of twolegends. I love Carrie Fisher cooking a soufflé for her mother DebbieReynolds and then walking out Carrie's backdoor across their sharedbackyard and into her Debbie's back door to share a meal with mom. Theyshare more than that with us. It's like sitting on their living roomcouch and going thru the family album, warts and all. How were theyable to live thru all their tribulations? Maybe that they learned totalk about it and deal with it instead of letting if fester and burstinside. And there was laughter, and stories about other celebrities andother heartaches. But what I liked most was their humanity towards eachother and that unsinkable spirit that kept them going until all energywas gone from them. What I liked least about it was these two wonderfulwomen should have know the damage drugs, alcohol and cigarettes woulddo and avoided them. I heard Carrie drank up to 16 Cokes a day and Iwonder if the Coke connection with her father had something to do withher addiction to sodas. And Debbie could have had someone to stop herfrom performing until she was ready to drop. I know it was her choicebut they both could have been saved from themselves by their friends.Thank you ladies for all that you gave and shared and God Bless Toddnow alone
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds star in a tender portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. From the red carpet to the back alleys behind it, the documentary is about the bonds of family love, which are beautifully bitter-sweet.