Sly, sharp and witty, Dorothy Parker and colorful characters of the Algonquin Round Table are the subject of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, this acclaimed film directed by Alan Rudolph. The plot of the film centers on Mrs. Parkerís life in New York City during the 1920s, portrayed as flashbacks from her life working in Hollywood decades later. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe, plays Dorothy Parker and Campbell Scott takes on the role of Parkerís confidant and best friend, Robert Benchley.
Interspersed throughout the film are scenes of Leigh reciting Parkerís poetry, creating a nice aside from the story. The self-destructiveness, depression, and the dark humor of Parkerís work are echoed in her life story Ė alcoholism, suicide attempts, failed relationships, and financial struggle are all portrayed in the film. Parkerís fans will enjoy this movie, which is fairly true to life, and regular movie-watchers may find themselves seeking out Parkerís work at the bookstore.