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Friendships Between Women

  • Dec 22, 2008
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The star power alone is reason enough to view this film, a remake of the 1939 original, written and directed by Diane English. In this 21st century version, a group of four women, each a well-defined individual (although perhaps a bit stereotypical) reacts to and face the topic of betrayal. 
Meg Ryan, Mary, is a Connecticut housewife and philanthropist, raising a child with the help of a live-in nanny and housekeeper (Cloris Leachman). Mary learns her high-profile husband is having an affair with the gorgeous "spritzer girl," played by the VERY hot Eva Mendes. She works at the Saks' perfume counter. Mary's friend, Sylvia (played by Annette Bening) is a between-relationships/childless/magazine editor. She actually learns of the infidelity first and shares the news with their other two friends. Jada Pinkett Smith is Alex, an author/lesbian and Debra Messing plays the fertile-mertyl of the group, Edie, who is pregnant . . . again. Along with Mary's mother, played by Candice Bergen, the friends do their best to try and get Mary through this difficult time. It's by no means a smooth ride and the friendship between Sylvia and Mary is particularly tested.

Definitely a chick-flick, but an intelligent one especially suited for middle-aged women. I don't think a single man makes an appearance in the film. Watch it with your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, aunts and / or daughters.
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June 24, 2009
Nice review...I loved this movie, and I thought it was quite interesting that none of the men showed up on film!
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Quick Tip by . June 20, 2011
Entirely unlike Luce's classic play and its lovely 1939 cinema adaptation, this trashy disaster is a fine indicator of what humorless, insecure, middle-aged American women regard as comedy. Every tawdry character is horribly overacted by a cast of famous, overrated non-talents. Its score is corny, its dialogue asinine.
review by . September 07, 2009
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Sure, women can have it all these days. But the question posed by Diane English in her 2008 update on THE WOMEN is: do they really want it all?    If anyone was going to create a modern-day spin on Clare Boothe Luce's catty 1930's Broadway play, THE WOMEN (made famous in the 1939 MGM movie starring Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford), it was "Murphy Brown" scribe Diane English. While time has rolled on, the problems concerning women certainly haven't.    When …
review by . April 15, 2009
"Don't be bitter. It leads to Botox."     Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Count the stars - Meg Ryan (Mary), Annette Bening (Mary's best friend Sylvia), Debra Messing (Mary's permanently pregnant friend Edie), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Mary's gay writer pal Alex), Candice Bergen (Mary's Mom), Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, and (ta-dah) Eva Mendes as "the spritzer girl" Crystal.   2. All star cast proves that too many …
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For fans of some of America's finest actresses, seeing a film with even one of the cast members ofThe Womenwould be a treat. But this remake of George Cukor's famed girl-trouble ensemble film features Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Joanna Gleason, and Candice Bergen--whew!--making it a film that fans of these terrifically talented women can savor. The remake may not have the cat-itude or camp factor of the original, but so what? The cast's chemistry really shines; friendship is thicker than water, it turns out--even stronger than the ties that bind women to their men. Ryan is the good-girl Mary Haines, whose husband, she and her friends learn, is cheating on her with the stunning femme fatale Crystal (Mendes, in the Joan Crawford role)--"a spritzer" at the perfume counter.Quelle horreur!The other women rally around the hapless Mary, staging interventions, offering snappy advice, and plotting battles on behalf of their friend. But it turns out that Ryan's Mary isn't quite as fragile as she seems. Gimlets and girl talk--lots of both--go a long way toward getting our heroine through her crisis, and onto a new stage in her life that surprises her husband and more than one of her pals. And the laughs by the appearances of Midler and Bergen, especially, are worth watching the whole film for. --A.T. Hurley
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Director: Diane English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 12 September 2008 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 114 min
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