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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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.
PG-13 (for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking)
Comedy , Drama
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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
Debi Mazar
as Tanya
India Ennenga
as Mollie Haines
Joanna Gleason
as Barbara Delacorte
Lynn Whitfield
as Glenda Hill
Jill Flint
as Annie
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Alex Fisher
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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (40)

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

November 5, 2008
At the Movies
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 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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Though aspects of the 1939 comedy seem silly and shrill now, they were at least consistently entertaining. Where the original was deliciously loopy and melodramatic fun, this one is watered-down, sappy and earnest.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
USA Today
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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
Alice Shen

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Really, really crap!

Bethany Murphy
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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