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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 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.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
Picturehouse Entertainment - Official Site


Meg Ryan
as Mary Haines
Annette Bening
as Sylvia Fowler
Eva Mendes
as Crystal Allen
Debra Messing
as Edie Cohen
Bette Midler
as Leah Miller
Candice Bergen
as Catherine Frazier
Carrie Fisher
as Bailey Smith
India Ennenga
as Mollie Haines
Joanna Gleason
as Barbara Delacorte
Lynn Whitfield
as Glenda Hill
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Alex Fisher
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Critic Reviews for The Women

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (40)

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

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
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Top Critic

I love women in real life but at the movies I hated The Women.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer


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."


Super Reviewer

The Women Quotes

Alex Fisher: Excuse me, our friend is having a baby. We need a room now, so we need you guys to hurry up. [Nurse] - Does she have insurance? She doesn't need insurance. Have four, get the fifth one free. Get her a room.
– Submitted by Karen Y (3 years ago)
Edie Cohen: I wanna keep going until I get a boy.
Alex Fisher: Don't we have enough of those?
– Submitted by Karen Y (3 years ago)
Sylvie Fowler: Weren't you taking some puppet-making class?
Edie Cohen: Let me tell you something. Weird crowd of people, the puppet people.
– Submitted by Karen Y (3 years ago)
Catherine Frazier: I ordered you a gimlet. I know you don't drink in the afternoon, but you will eventually, so why not start now?
– Submitted by Karen Y (3 years ago)

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