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  • Summary: Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton portray mid-life Manhattanites who have more than a longtime friendship in common. After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, each has been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain intoBette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton portray mid-life Manhattanites who have more than a longtime friendship in common. After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, each has been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts - in the wallet. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. It's a glamorous revenge romp, a "9 to 5" mixed with "Auntie Mame," and it gives each star the opportunity to do her best work in a long, long time.
  2. And thanks to great existential one-liners from scriptwriter Robert Harling (with appropriate plaudits to novelist Olivia Goldsmith, of course), gender warfare is made amusing for almost everyone.
  3. It's funnier, and bitchier, than Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women," and, best of all, it showcases three wonderful actresses who have rarely been better.
  4. Yet with so much going for it, the film's creators have made the classic Hollywood choice and treated its actresses like flesh-and-blood special effects. If you've got talent like this, or so the theory goes, a coherent story is a luxury that can be dispensed with.
  5. 50
    There is undoubtedly a movie to be made about this material -- a different movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The First Wives Club has a femme casting coup for the ages, and sometimes it only takes the right performers interacting to give sprightly fluff indispensable showmanship. [20 Sep 1996 Pg.01.D]
  7. 30
    For all their sass, brass and bewitchery, the starring troika can't breathe life into these characters, much less transform them from women scorned into hellbent furies.

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  1. SilviaC.
    Sep 1, 2007
    10
    What else could you expect from such a fabulous cast? Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Dan Hedaya, Sarah Jessica What else could you expect from such a fabulous cast? Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Dan Hedaya, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stockard Channing, and Victor Garber . A stunning performance by all. A classic. Expand
  2. LorenR.
    Sep 1, 2007
    10
    I absolutely LOVE this movie!!!! It's been my favorite for years! A MUST SEE!
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    Hugh Wilson could not have selected a more stellar trio to form the First Wives Club. They are all in top-form and have unbelievableHugh Wilson could not have selected a more stellar trio to form the First Wives Club. They are all in top-form and have unbelievable chemistry. Plus, it's revenge, it's fun. Expand

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