The Women

  • 12
  • Diane English (2008)
  • US / UK
  • 109 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

George Cukor's 1939 satire was ahead of its time with its scathing depiction of Manhattan society wives, but this remake from Diane English swaps bitching for self-indulgent blubbing. Meg Ryan is rather bland as Mary Haines, a woman who seems to have everything until she discovers that her successful husband is being unfaithful with local gold-digger Eva Mendes. Unfortunately, and in stark contrast to Joan Crawford's portrayal of the scarlet woman in the original film, there is no depth to Mendes's character. Mary's brood of girlfriends who rally round during her hour of need are just as sketchily drawn: Annette Bening plays a fashion editor whose loyalty is put to the test by self preservation; Jada Pinkett Smith is the token lesbian; while Debra Messing plays an over-attentive new-age mom. Everything feels contrived and out of step, with the exception of a wisecracking turn by Candice Bergen as Mary's mother.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Annette Bening. When successful designer Mary Haines discovers that her wealthy husband is having an affair with a New York shop girl, divorce is the only option. During the couple's separation, she finds comfort in the friendship of her girlfriends, but soon realises that loyalty only goes so far.

Cast and crew


Mary Haines
Meg Ryan
Sylvie Fowler
Annette Bening
Crystal Allen
Eva Mendes
Edie Cohen
Debra Messing
Alex Fisher
Jada Pinkett Smith
Leah Miller
Bette Midler
Catherine Frazier
Candice Bergen
Bailey Smith
Carrie Fisher
Cloris Leachman
Debi Mazar
Joanna Gleason
Glenda Hill
Lynn Whitfield
Ana Gasteyer


Diane English

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Sexual references and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Sep 2008
Certificate 12
Entertainment in Video Ltd

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