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.
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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
The classic 1939 film adaptation... worth seeing again and again. This is not.
The funniest thing about The Women is that Mick Jagger is one of the producers. There was a knowing laugh in the theatre as his name sprang up in the opening credits -- our last chance to laugh, as it turned out, for the next two hours.
In the end, English just wants to make a nice chick flick with some sassy lines. Genuine nastiness has been eliminated, while not-very-funny banter is retained.
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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.
Really, really crap!
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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|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.|
|Edie Cohen:||I wanna keep going until I get a boy.|
|Alex Fisher:||Don't we have enough of those?|
|Sylvie Fowler:||Weren't you taking some puppet-making class?|
|Edie Cohen:||Let me tell you something. Weird crowd of people, the puppet people.|
|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?|