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Beautiful, smart, accomplished mary haines discovers that her husband is cheating on her. It's a time when friends are needed, so mary's gal pals and mother rally 'round with advice, cocktails and shopping.


Studio New Line
SKU 209967266
UPC 794043128424
UPC 14 00794043128424
Format DVD
Release Date 11/9/2010
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Name Ryan,Meg
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Review Longtime Murphy Brown scribe Diane English dips her toes into bigger waters as she attempts to remake The Women, George Cukor's 1939 comedy classic that saw housewives Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell face off against mistress Joan Crawford. In English's estrogen-enhanced retooling, it is now Meg Ryan and Annette Bening, career girls flanked by lesbian Jada Pinkett Smith and mommy Debra Messing, up against husband-baiting "spritz girl" Eva Mendes. Unfair and useless comparisons between the legendary Cukor and newbie English aside, this movie had me for a solid ten minutes before I was considering throwing myself head-first into a tank of Venezuelan red-bellied piranhas...Like Cukor's film, English's effort boasts an all-female cast that ranges from raging, single Manhattanites to pot-smoking, transplanted Angelenos to Connecticut-rich ladies who lunch...What English lacks, above all, is clarity and focus. The actual story being told here is quite simple: a wife loses her husband to a younger girl, struggles, and ultimately uses the event to stage her own sort of rebirth. That was the story, to some degree, that Cukor was telling back in 1939. But with English's newfangled take on The Women comes the argument that, despite what Jean-Luc Godard would have us believe, a woman is not a woman. Now she unfortunately has to be, as Whitney Houston would say, every woman.
Reviewer Chris Cabin
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Women is appropriately named. For its nearly 110 minute running time, there's nary a man to be found, not even in the background of crowd scenes. This movie takes place in the same world as Sex and the City, where there are only three things that matter to women: gossiping with friends, painting men in the worst possible light, and shopping. The Women contains its fair share of all three, especially the first and third. While the dialogue lacks some of the crispness of Sex and the City, the film as a whole proves to be more tolerable because the characters aren't as fundamentally repugnant. In fact, the lead - Meg Ryan's Mary Haines - looks, sounds, and feels like Sally Albright 20 years later. If only the filmmakers had figured this out early enough to name her husband-in-absentia "Harry"...The cast features an impressive array of star power, but none of these actresses, except perhaps Bergen and Midler (neither of whom has a lot of screen time), is burning at full wattage...The Women faced a long and rocky road making it to the big screen, having first gained life in the mid-'90s then going through a series of false starts before being made as an independent motion picture. The success of Sex and the City saved the film from either gathering more dust on some vault shelf or the oblivion of going straight-to-DVD. It's aimed at the same audience and it's not hard to understand why. The two pictures are cut from the same cloth, although it's a little odd to find the veterans copying the relative newbies.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
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Actor Ryan,Meg
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer English wrangles her talent like a virtuoso. Best is Murphy Brown herself, Candice Bergen.
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle Very earnest, often engaging...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times As a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.

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