The First Wives Club 1996

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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Despondent over the marriage of her ex-husband to a younger woman, a middle-aged divorcée plunges to her death from her penthouse. At the woman's funeral, her former college friends (Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton) reunite for the first time in nearly 30 years. When the three discover the reason for their friend's suicide, they realize that all of their ex-husbands have taken them for granted -- and deciding it's time for revenge, they make a pact to get back at their exes.

Cast & Crew

Goldie Hawn
Elise Elliot
Bette Midler
Brenda Cushman
Diane Keaton
Annie Paradis
Maggie Smith
Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Dan Hedaya
Morton Cushman
Stockard Channing
Cynthia Swann Griffin
Victor Garber
Bill Atchison
Stephen Collins
Aaron Paradis
Olivia Goldsmith
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Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
Ezra Swerdlow
Executive Producer
Marc Shaiman
Original Music
Robert Carmichael
Cinematographer
Donald E. Thorin
Cinematographer
John Bloom
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  • Jun 02, 2013
    It makes no sense and its not that funny . . . except for Goldie Hawn (who again is the high point of a terrible comedy), but all they really have her do is act drunk.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2012
    A powerfully girl powered chick flick that is full of laughs and feel-good moments. Feminists will love this one because it's all about three women who plot revenge on their two-timing husbands. The three characters are very well developed and I felt like they could almost be real people going through real problems. I felt their pain and cheered for them all the way!
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    Three former college chums, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler now middle-aged wives, have been brought together by the death of one of their group, who committed suicide when her husband ditched her. As the plot develops it turns that each of their husbands is ditching them for a younger girl/woman. They form the "First Wives Club" to plot exquisite revenge against their philandering husbands. Look out for cameo guest appearances by Ivana Trump and Heather Locklear. I think some women will relate to this because it is all about revenge on the males and a terrific movie to watch if you have just been dumped, broken up with someone, and would love to get back at your scum partners.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2009
    <b>The First Wives Club</b> should have been a much better movie than it is. All of the elements are there to make its comedy not only dark, but biting, cruel, politically incorrect and not tack on the saccharine, cloying mess that pretends to be an ending. <i>Bette Midler</i> and <i>Goldie Hawn</i> do better with what little material they've been given while still being little more than caricatures. <i>Goldie Hawn</i> at least does poke fun at Hollywood's treatment of actresses which may also be at her own "persona" which has refused to age, but other than that, there's not much bite in her resolve to do her husband in. Then we have the supporting characters, none which fare any better. None of the younger women are written as little more as props, though at least <i>Sarah Jessica Parker</i> has a couple of lines that hint of a different version of <i>Carrie Bradshaw</i>. <i>Stockard Channing</i>'s death scene is so badly filmed it might as well been an afterthought from another movie that somehow found its way here. It just proves that a bad screenplay filled with unsympathetic characters will kill the central idea in a story, but also, that an equally bad direction with odd takes and bad editing will further the damage.
    Steven V Super Reviewer

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