The First Wives Club


The First Wives Club

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First Wives Club is headlined by a trio of comedic dynamos, but the script lets them down with tepid plotting and a fatal lack of satirical bite.



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In this comedy-drama, a former classmate's suicide reunites three middle-aged college friends from the class of '69. These classmates have something in common -- their husbands all left them for younger women. Together the scorned women formulate plans exquisitely designed to make their ex-husbands lives as miserable as possible.

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Bette Midler
as Brenda Morelli Cushman
Goldie Hawn
as Elise Elliot Atchison
Diane Keaton
as Annie MacDuggan Paradise
Dan Hedaya
as Morty Cushman
Stockard Channing
as Cynthia Swann Griffin
Victor Garber
as Bill Atchison
Maggie Smith
as Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Bronson Pinchot
as Duarto Feliz
Elizabeth Berkley
as Phoebe LaVelle
Jennifer Dundas
as Chris Paradise
Eileen Heckart
as Catherine MacDuggan
Heather Locklear
as Gil's wife
Stephen Collins
as Aaron Paradise
Marcia Gay Harden
as Dr. Leslie Rosen
Philip Bosco
as Uncle Carmine
Rob Reiner
as Dr. Morris Packman
James Naughton
as Gil Griffin
Ari Greenberg
as Jason Cushman
Ivana Trump
as Herself
Ed Koch
as Himself
Stephen Pearlman
as Mr. Christian
J. Smith-Cameron
as Ms. Sullivan
Walter Bobbie
as Man in Bed
Kate Burton
as Woman in Bed
Gregg Edelman
as Mark Loest
Mark Nelson
as Eric Loest
Harsh Nayyar
as Mohammed
Sue Simmons
as Newscaster
Timothy Olyphant
as Brett Artounian
J.K. Simmons
as Federal Marshall
Stephen Mendillo
as Federal Marshall
Peter Frechette
as Broadway Director
Mark Perman
as The Cantor
Armand Dahan
as Contractor
Lea De Laria
as Elise's Fan
Debra Monk
as Jilted Lover
Jennifer Lam
as Chris's Friend
Michele Brilliant
as Young Brenda
Dina Spybey
as Young Elise
Adria Tennor
as Young Annie
Juliehera DeStefano
as Young Cynthia
Paul Hecht
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Anne Shropshire
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Chelsea Altman
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Eric Martin Brown
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
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  • In the end, "The First Wives Club" even betrays its own bylaws. Revenge is a dish not served. Did Thelma and Louise make their sacrifice for nothing?

    Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Oh, the stories Hawn, Midler and Keaton could tell about men. But we never get to hear them in "The First Wives Clubs." Instead, it's high jinks as they plot revenge, get the money.

    Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the movie presents itself as a ''hear me roar'' feminist statement, its view of humanity - both male and female - is so sour and artificial that the women characters come off almost as badly as the men do.

    Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Yet the real genius of this saga of sisterhood ascendant is its, um, marriage of revenge fantasy and exuberant spirit.

    Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • These three powerhouse comediennes toss up a fairly delightful mess.

    Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • The First Wives Club has all the conviction a comedy of female vengeance needs. But as soon as the dumb plot takes over, the wit leaks out of the movie like helium from a balloon.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The First Wives Club

Funny comedy about how first wives get their own back on their husbands. When their friend dies they want to support other women.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

loved this chick flick! is revenge sweet? hell yeah these chicks kick ass!!!!

 ♥Robyn  M♥
♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

"Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don't get mad, get everything."

Cherry Darling
Cherry Darling

Super Reviewer


I absolutely love this movie....I love all three ladies in this movie; Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler...they are all hilarious in this movie. This film shows when these three women get together and there men leave them that they can be strong and get even.....wish all of these ladies would star in another movie.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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