The Women

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The Women

Diane English (2008)

109min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A wealthy New York clothes designer thinks she has a perfect marriage, so is shocked to learn her husband is having an affair. Her close-knit gossipy friends are soon on hand to offer their advice, but they all have problems of their own to contend with. Comedy drama remake with an all-female cast, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes and Bette Midler.

Cast & 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
Maggie Cloris Leachman
Tanya Debi Mazar
Barbara Joanna Gleason
Glenda Hill Lynn Whitfield
Pat Ana Gasteyer
Director Diane English
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Sexual references and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Sep 2008

Comedy Drama

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