The Women

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  • Summary: The Women is a comedy about contemporary womanhood and the power of female relationships. Based on George Cukor’s 1939 film and Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 stage play, The Women whisks us into a busy pocket of Manhattan society, where the publishing, fashion and finance industries play. AtThe Women is a comedy about contemporary womanhood and the power of female relationships. Based on George Cukor’s 1939 film and Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 stage play, The Women whisks us into a busy pocket of Manhattan society, where the publishing, fashion and finance industries play. At the center of the tale is Mary Haines, a thoroughly modern woman suddenly confronted with an age-old dilemma: a cheating husband. The ladies in her life swiftly rally to Mary’s side, led by her best friend, Sylvie Fowler, a dynamic magazine editor. But when Sylvie betrays Mary in a Faustian bargain, the entire group is shaken to the core – and two women face the most painful breakup of all - their friendship. (Picturehouse) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 20 out of 32
  1. 75
    As a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.
  2. Very earnest, often engaging, but not quite as much of a pleasure as the original.
  3. It's fascinating trying to separate the thirties material from the mostly maladroit additions.
  4. 38
    This Women doesn't take place in reality or even in a glamorous urban fantasyland. It's strictly TV Land.
  5. 25
    It's not every movie that makes you wish Vin Diesel would run in and start blowing up stuff.
  6. It's not particularly fun, or funny, for starters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. Feb 2, 2016
    8
    Funny and great movie, worth watching chick-flick, great story line, outcome, and how symbolic things come together.

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  2. IanA.
    Dec 30, 2008
    8
    I really don't think this movie deserved the bad ratings that it received. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was fast paced and funny. I really don't think this movie deserved the bad ratings that it received. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was fast paced and funny. I'm a die hard fan of the 1939 version but I really liked this modern day version and would thoroughly recommend it. Expand
  3. JimL.
    Dec 23, 2008
    6
    Great cast, some great scenes, some great lines, some laughs. Not a great movie, but certainly not the worst I've ever seen.
  4. ChadS.
    Sep 15, 2008
    3
    Mary Haines(Meg Ryan) is a good person. Just ask her; she'll tell you, like how she tells her roommate at a retreat for emotionally Mary Haines(Meg Ryan) is a good person. Just ask her; she'll tell you, like how she tells her roommate at a retreat for emotionally distraught women of privilege. For the record, Mary comes to the conclusion of her inherent goodness, because she recycles, and gives money to the homeless. Thankfully, Mary exercises discretion and stops short of mentioning that she's friends with a woman of color, who, not to toot her own horn, is also a lesbian. "The Women" needs Alex Fisher(Jada Pinkett-Smith); without her, Mary and her rich friends would be insufferable. Alex gives them depth. In this respect, "The Women" resembles the Republican National Convention whenever they trot out the occasional ethnically diverse speaker to make them look like an inclusionary party. By pure happenstance, though, which only proves there are no accidents, the film unwittingly reimagines these women if Alex wasn't part of their circle, when Mary snubs a Sachs' buyer's offer to launch her line of clothes in their flagship store. Maybe this self-described "good person" had second thoughts about having it all for the benefit of her daughter, who was last seen burning womanhood in effigy, by building a small bonfire with her tampons. This actually happens in "The Women". I'm not making it up. With some wishful thinking, the audience can theorize that Sylvia's resignation(Annette Benning) from her job as editor at a fashion magazine, is attributed to her seeing the harm that she inflicts, as a facilitator of glamour, on a kid such as Molly(India Ennenga), who has body image problems despite being on the thin side. She's just not supermodel-thin. If Mary's daughter hates her menstrual cycle that much, maybe Mary should be a good person, or more to the point, a good mother, and reconsider participation in an industry that encourages anorexia. Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    3
    How can there be so many talented actresses partake in such awful nonsense is beyond me. This was a terrible movie and thirty minutes into itHow can there be so many talented actresses partake in such awful nonsense is beyond me. This was a terrible movie and thirty minutes into it I had no other decision but to turn it off. I tried watching it again to finish the movie but 'The Women' was unwatchable. There was no chemistry between the actresses. For instance, Meg Ryan's character Mary Haines would be furious if she saw the hussy who was sleeping with her husband at the lingerie store where she shops at. What should have been the scene of the movie turned out to be a complete dud as Meg Ryan and Evan Mendes were awkward in their dialogue with one another insulting one another. I liked Debra Messing in Ned & Stacey, The Starter Wife and Will & Grace but this was truly terrible. Take a pass on this one. Expand
  6. Cat
    Sep 13, 2008
    1
    Only go if you're interested in seeing Bening's new facelift.
  7. TomG
    Mar 7, 2009
    1
    A poor film. I realize the omission of any male cast was a deliberate stylistic decision, but it becomes conspicuously obvious and A poor film. I realize the omission of any male cast was a deliberate stylistic decision, but it becomes conspicuously obvious and ostentatiously overt when they're walking down the street and there isn't even a single male extra walking along a public sidewalk. So much so that I have no idea what they were even talking about, as I was too focused on the absence of 50% of the population. They might well have blared THX-style "THERE ARE NO MEN IN THIS FILM!" Regardless, this must be the ultimate chick flick, since there are only chicks and only the chick point of view, which makes it inherently unbalanced. I was under the impression this was supposed to be a comedy film, but I kept waiting and waiting for the funny, but it never came. So I figured it must be a drama, but then what person really wants to see a bunch of privileged upper-upper-middle class women whining about their petty little lives. Was I supposed to like any of them or be sympathetic to them? Because they were all inherently unlikeable. Not to mention making themselves completely powerless. Meg Ryan goes in with the notion of kicking Eva Mendes' ass, and I thought, cool, it'll get interesting, but instead she just has a whine. I mean, jeez. This is your idea of kicking ass? In any event, it makes me glad that I'm gay, since if there is even a modicum of reality in this dreck, I am so thrilled that I dodged a bullet and will never have to put up with the sort of mindless crap shown in this film. Feminist? I guess so. Poor movies shouldn't be confined to just male-oriented ones. FAILure should always be an equal-opportunity phenomenon. DO. NOT. WANT. Expand

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