The Women

The Women

DVD - 2008
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In New York City's modern whirl of fashion and publishing, Mary Haines seems to have it all--a beautiful country home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company. Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler, leads another enviable life - as a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen, a sultry spritzer girl lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie's relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, including mega-mommy Edie Cohen and author Alex Fisher, all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment, [c2008].
Edition: Widescreen version, standard version.
ISBN: 9781419876998
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Women (Motion picture : 2008)


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This is a well-done remake of the excellent 1939 comedy / drama which was the first movie to include only female actors.

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Dec 13, 2017

Dated and superfluous. Indeed, the archetypical "Ugly American" personified in these greedy, shallow, narcisistic vipers who contribute nothing positive to society. Sad.

Feb 16, 2015

Another intersting movie, no men at all in the movie though references are made to men. Enjoyed this movie

Jan 18, 2013

To think I was ready to stop this movie on the DVD player after only four minutes! I'm glad I stayed the course, it was very funny, you'll like it, just don't stick around for the "extras" or your enjoyment may diminish.

Jan 02, 2013

I chose this randomly and liked it a lot. Now I want to see the original.

Dec 15, 2012


EuSei Jun 14, 2012

This movie is a travesty of the original 1939 “The Woman,” with classy Norma Shearer as the main character. They twisted the plot so much they even added a couple of lesbians; why, I’m still pondering and can’t understand. Watch the original: even in B&W it’s far superior! NOTICE: Attempts to censor (“Report this”) my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.

pkcapc May 26, 2011

This is a truly boring, silly movie of women with no true substance. Use it as a great movie to run as background while you multi-task on something else, like making dinner or cleaning house.

Jul 29, 2009

Thank goodness neither women nor the fashion industry bear any resemblance to this cheap, demeaning mock-up of both. (Did anyone else cotton to the paradox that the clothing Meg Ryan's reformed character wears on the street looks so much better than her hideous runway designs?)

Mar 28, 2009

I'm a guy, but as a movie buff too, I had to throwi-in my 2 cents worth on a movie that is the quintessential chick flick.

There are no on-screen male roles in this movies - no Mr. Big like in "Sex and the City" - whose style this tries so hard to emulate. It's a remake of a 1939 classic that also had no men - the entire cast of 130 actors were all female - so I give it props for applying the past to the present.
I also like that it took the notion of viewing generational differences in women and their love lives. That was an eye-opener in pre-war 1939. It's no less relevant social commentary, today.

"The Women" (2008) looks at almost all female generational perspectives under the sun thru' its characters:
There's a family's matriarch, played irreverently by Candice Bergen; and her winsome but wayward daughter Mary, played by Meg Ryan; and their smart, pushing precocious, grand-daughter/daughter.
Add to that Sylvie - Mary's college best friend, still single, childless, but editor of a popular woen's fashion magazine - played capriciously by Annette Bening (wow -she looks and acts more and more like Diane Keaton - the woman Warren Beatty used to be with before he married Bening: Check it out - she's "Annette Hall"!); and Edie, Mary's other best friend -the antithesis in style and demeanor but with lots of kids and expecting another - played just crazy enough by Debra Messing; and rounding out the "best friends" circle is Jada Pinkett Smith's all too forgettable role as a lesbian fifth wheel.

Eva Mendes, as "the other woman", effectively brings out the claws, and adds to an eclectic ensemble cast including Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler, and a not-too-Princess Leia-like Carrie Fisher!
With a packed all-star female cast like that... who needs men?

They're almost always alluded to in a negative context, anyway!
Mary's two-timing father throws her out of the family business.

Mary's own no-good cheating husband is also a cad!

Sylvie's boss threatens to fire her unless she becomes more chic.

Edie's husband is always "knocking her up".

Bette Midler's character has dumped 5 husbands for one bad reason or another.

Sheesh - Is it any wonder Jada Pinkett's character only wants to bed women?!
To make this all work, of course, a lot of what takes place in the movie had to be "thrown-off" - not played straight or seriously, but semi-glossed - like the nail-polishing Sylvie first gets from an all-too talkative manicurist with a knack for gossip and spilling the beans on Mary's unfaithful husband.

That scene set the tone for the movie - light and airy with just enough seriousness as to feign respect for the problems of women world-wide, while playing slap-stick with truth and reality in its quest for laughs.
It worked for me - more times than it didn't! But what do I know - I'm just a guy...
Watching it with an equally split group of men and women, I have to report that the men were far more forgiving to this film, despite the fact it clearly paints men out to be the villains in most relationships.
I expected to see greater acceptance from the women in our group - but some of them were totally unforgiving, while the rest were unhappy with the stereotyping and that so much was 'thrown-off' in order to exact a comedic twist to the various ironies the film tried so hard to reveal in women's lives.
The one redeeming grace we all agreed on was that this is a film that teaches this one eternal lesson: That before finding love with a man, a woman must truly love and know herself.
As a man, I echo that as a lesson relevant to all genders! If you really want it to work - you better love yourself before trying to love others!
And for that reason, (plus I'm a Meg Ryan/Candice Bergen/Annette Bening fan!) and the fact this movie makes you think, when it does get serious on its audience every now and then - I have to say: I liked it well enough to recommend it!

nadian Mar 19, 2009

Good at some parts. A disappointment especially considering Meg Ryan was the lead.

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Mar 28, 2009

a chick-flick comedy about finding out what you really want

before finding love with a man, a woman must truly love and know herself.


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