As one who loved the stage version of the show and is quite versed in Broadway musical silliness, for this screen adaptation (if one can really call it that) the word hideous seems generous. When the camera is able to capture the most subtle of expressions, the most intimate nuances of joy and make the most magical moments believable, here we have the most shameless, full frontal, silly, contrived, overwrought Broadway musical STAGE cliches shoved in our faces and down our throats full screen. I kept thinking, "Surely these bloated, overstated caricatures of the roles they're playing are laughing at the suckers who paid to see this." Streep is a bust. Bronsen, Really? I'm surprised they didn't have Clint Eastwood tap dancing. The semi-professionals who played these roles for PCPA production n Santa Maria last Spring (2019) were a thousand times better, and so was the production.