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First Wives Club

1 rating: -1.0
A movie directed by Hugh Wilson

Reuniting for the funeral of a college classmate, three women of a certain age join forces to gain revenge on their youth-obsessed former husbands. A scathing satire of both society and Hollywood, adapted from the best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith. … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Comedies
Director: Hugh Wilson
Release Date: 1996
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about First Wives Club


  • Jun 3, 2000
Pros: Kathie Lee wasn't on very long

Cons: Kathy Lee was on

What really ticks me off about this movie is the premise that all ex-wives are evil, greedy, back biting creatures looking for a way to make the old man pay because they found someone better than we were. Not all of us were out for revenge after the divorce went through, .... some of us got it while we were still

I know, this is just intended as a worthless little romp and not to be considered as truthful, but get a few young men watching this and they are going to run as fast as they can in the opposite direction of the altar as their yellow little feet will carry them.

The truly sad thing is, the story really was based on the fact that the main person in this charade, Stockard Channing, really never gets a break or barely a mention just because she had the good taste to bail out on this movie right away .... oh, perhaps that was too harsh!

Ok, it is a movie based on the idea that three ladies (since Stockard jumped ship...oops, did it again) that are basically getting thrown over by their husbands for a hotter and younger babe. Let's take inventory - Goldie Hawn, damn cute for her age and a tremendous figure, she can get another guy! Of course, she has had so much surgery in this movie her belly button is now her nose, but after all it is only a movie. Then Diane Keaton, well for an old broad she ain't bad - I'd give her a chance if she were my type. Finally, Bette Midler. I love the Devine Ms. M but trying to play the sick love lorn woman to <eek!> Dan Hedaya - hey Bette - let the guy go.

The entire idea of the movie was female power, not defeat, yet by showing these women simpering after these worthless heels defeats the entire idea of any type of power, except manpower. Trying to jam 100 major actors in an otherwise worthless movie doesn't make it box office success. In fact, the only redeeming quality in the movie is when the trio sings at the end but I still want to slap that dang Goldie in that pants suit......ought to be a law!

Unfortunately they tried to take these previously helpless and incapable women and make us believe that overnight they had the resources and the gumption to kick these guys butts. Not that I didn't mind the butt kicking, but all in all a little hard to believe. Then they want to throw in Sarah Jessica Parker and Heather Locklear, as if you didn't feel tasteless and worthless enough, now we have these two babes to compare our uninspiring lives to. Frankly, I'm convinced Sarah Jessica Parker comes from another planet entirely because I've looked around and there aren't any women around here that look like her.

It is too bad that they chose to take these otherwise talented women and give them roles that demean their very being, as all are very powerful in real life. The only thing I can conclude is they desperately wanted to make a movie together and this was a good one for them to make as all had equal roles - another problem with powerful women. Sorely disappointed in this flick and giving it a HUGE thumbs down! Maybe it was too happy for my usual mire and muck.

THE PLENTIFUL CAST (to make up for the lowly story line): Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Bronson Pinchot, Elieen Heckart, Stephen Collins (as usual, an ass), Stockard Channing (she's the one you see diving from the window), Rob Reiner, Ivana Trump (as herself, what else?), Gloria Steinem (ahem, ditto), Edward Koch, Kathie Lee Gifford (of course she played herself, she is too needy and whiny to play anyone else) and the beautiful (yep, more dang beauty) Elizabeth Berkley (another local here) fresh from her appearance - that would be FULLY EXPOSED appearance - in Showgirls.

Of course, if such a club is ever formed .......


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