The Women (2008)



Critic Consensus: The Women is a toothless remake of the 1939 classic, lacking the charm, wit and compelling protagonists of the original.

Movie Info

Mary Haines is a clothing designer who 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--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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Diane English
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2008
Box Office: $26.8M
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as Mary Haines

as Sylvia Fowler

as Crystal Allen

as Edie Cohen

as Leah Miller

as Catherine Frazier

as Bailey Smith

as Mollie Haines

as Barbara Delacorte

as Glenda Hill

as Alex Fisher
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Critic Reviews for The Women

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (39)

The classic 1939 film adaptation... worth seeing again and again. This is not.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
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I love women in real life but at the movies I hated The Women.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
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The 1930s original feels more cutting-edge than this re-do.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012

The cinematic equivalent of yoga-class muzak

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

This is the movie Diane English fought to get made the last 15 years?

Full Review… | February 7, 2009

an se pio sygkratimeno (pros harin prosomoiosis realismoy) aytoteles spin-off toy Sex and the City

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Women

Even though I haven't seen the original, I don't think this remake is deserving of all its bad reviews. The women ARE types, but they represent all the different complexities of women, for better or worse: the woman who tries to be everything (Mary), the woman who IS everything until she isn't (Sylvie), the woman who knows everything and shares it (Tanya), the woman who knows everything and hides it (Edie and Catherine), the woman who observes everything and just laughs (Alex), and the woman who wants everything just because (Crystal).

That last motivation for the ostensible villain is admittedly weak, but the rest of the movie isn't so much rah-rah woman-power, but just woman-life without posturing, cattiness, or easy choices.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Really, really crap!

Bethany Murphy

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Cast: Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Natasha Alam, Carrie Fisher, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, Annette Bening

Director: Diane English

Summary: Shocked by the discovery that their pal Mary's (Meg Ryan) husband is having an affair with a beautiful young shop girl (Eva Mendes), a tight-knit circle of New York socialites comes up with a devious plan to help Mary win back her man.

My Thoughts: "Great cast of female actresses. Some had strong performances some not as strong. But I enjoyed the story and the friendships between the girls. This is a girl driven film that I am not sure any guy will want to watch, unless forced to by their better half. But I must say, if I was to come face to face with my husbands mistress there would be little conversation happening. But I guess the way Mary Haines handles it is a bit more classy. I just don't have patience for talking when I see red lol. It's a funny film with strong females. Great chick flick."


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