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
1419876996
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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hammer59
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.

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clarap
Feb 16, 2015

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

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johnnybookreader
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.

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veggieclaire
Jan 02, 2013

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

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neonkc
Dec 15, 2012

good

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.

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CalicoJack
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?)

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Michael
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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