Picks and Pans Review: Princess' Diary

updated 12/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars princess, bestselling author and 54-year-old poster child for the thrills and pitfalls of growing up Hollywood, takes us on an affectionately caustic tour of her life in the filmed stage show Wishful Drinking (Dec. 12, HBO). She's at her best mapping out the messy web of relationships that come with being the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and the late Eddie Fisher. Carrie doesn't kid herself-she's just a footnote waving from the bottom margin of a much bigger story. Her definition of "celebrity" says it all: "Obscurity biding its time."

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