Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere debate the merits of many of Meryl Streep’s most iconic roles and struggle to understand why she earns universal acclaim while other actors like Tom Cruise go unnoticed by awards shows and the Hollywood elite.
After an early run of critical and commercial success with “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “Out of Africa,” Streep wouldn’t make a decent film for over a decade by Stu’s estimation.
“So she had a good run between ’81 and ’85, let’s just say,” Stu offers. “Even though I’m not necessarily going to endorse all those performances, we’ll give her those. … Then you’ve got a decade to wait, okay? A nice decade to wait before you get anything else good. And again, what’s good after that is ‘Bridges of Madison County,’ which sucked, okay? And then you’re going, I guess probably to — you’re waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting until you get ‘Devil Wears Prada.'”
Pat then shares his distaste for “The Bridges of Madison County,” which he views as endorsing adultery: “She shouldn’t have married the guy. Or if she was disgruntled, she should’ve left him before she, you know, took up with the drifter.”