As a birthday gift to Demi Moore, who turns 49 on Friday (Nov. 11), we’d like to offer this: After this paragraph, we’re not going to mention the alleged rough patch she’s currently going through with her husband, Ashton Kutcher, or anything else about her personal life.
What we’re going to do instead is talk about Moore’s career as an actress. “Ghost” and “Striptease” and “G.I. Jane” and “Indecent Proposal,” you know about. But in between her big hits and body-transforming, headline-making roles, Moore has done some really fine work. Here are four roles that maybe don’t get as much attention as they should.
A year before “About Last Night …” hit theaters in July 1986, Moore and Rob Lowe had co-starred in the Brat Pack-iest of all Brat Pack movies, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” which despite what you may think you remember isn’t a very good film. “About Last Night …” was a good movie, however, and Moore (and Lowe, for that matter) shows nice range in playing the script’s (based on David Mamet‘s play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”) mix of humor and drama.
“One Crazy Summer”
A month after “About Last Night …” was released, Moore was back on screen with John Cusack in this companion piece to “Better Off Dead” from director Savage Steve Holland. It’s pretty darn silly, and there’s waaaay too much Bobcat Goldthwait (he was just breaking out at the time), but Moore is really pretty sweet as a girl trying to protect her family’s house from rich d-bags in Nantucket. And her singing voice isn’t bad either. Alas, most of what’s online for “One Crazy Summer” is Bobcat-centric, so we had to settle for Moore getting soaked by a passing vehicle in this TV spot.
“A Few Good Men”
OK, so first of all, Moore’s hair in this movie is … not good. And yes, it’s unquestionably Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson‘s show. But Moore is rock-solid as one of Cruise’s fellow lawyers, and she gets to deliver several excellent lines by writer Aaron Sorkin, including this one:
Moore is pretty much the only female face in the recently released Wall Street drama/horror story, and she holds her own just fine. The look of dread on her face as she comes to realize she’ll be among those taking the fall for her firm is pretty great. Here’s the movie’s trailer.
Happy birthday, Demi. May the future bring you more roles like these.