First it has an amazing cast. Lead by the amazing Anne Bancroft, she is sweet, funny and eccentric. Ron Silver who was quirky, funny and such a sweet gentleman. But my favorite is Catherine Hicks who is funny, sweet, gentle, quirky and nutty. And she wanted to be an actress, I could relate to her on a real level even though she was a bit of nut, but then so am I.
It also has an amazing supporting cast of Steven Hill, Howard Da Silva, Hermione Gingold who gave sparkling performances that just touched my heart. Carrie Fisher is hilarious as the pain in the ass spoiled boring wife, she really pulls the charm from this unlikable character which just shows her talent. And Harvey Fierstein in the first movie I had ever seen him, though he was funny he tore your heart as the lonely but sweet man on Fire Island.
The mix of humor and pathos really pulls your heart out and then fills it up with sweet laughter. I won’t give it away but the end is the best part of the movie. You have to stay for Anne Bancroft’s speech but you really have to stay for the very end, it is a gem.