The First Wives Club Reviews

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January 9, 2019
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?
January 9, 2019
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.
January 9, 2019
Ultimately First Wives Club fails as a piece of feminist film-making just as miserably as it does as Hollywood entertainment.
January 9, 2019
It's not much more than a variation on Nine to Five, with the object of revenge switched from a single boss to multiple husbands.
January 9, 2019
[I]f you're expecting any savour of fin de siecle feminism more bracing than that peddled in, say, Nine to Five (which has much the same fundamental revenge premise), you'd be better off perusing the writings of Gloria Steinem.
January 9, 2019
Starting over the top and wildly working its way upwards, The First Wives' Club eschews subtlety at all costs and is dogged by a number of out of place syrupy songs on the soundtrack.
January 9, 2019
But despite the clever jabs, and even with cameo support from Ivana Trump and Gloria Steinern, the film's three stars still seem trapped by Hollywood formula-choked by the heavy-handed direction of Hugh Wilson, and a smarmy script by Robert Harling,
January 9, 2019
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.
January 9, 2019
The awful thing about this movie is that its stars, three of the best comic actresses in Hollywood, are reduced to bimbos too.
January 9, 2019
While the movie frequently gets things right, the big intricate revenge set-up in the second half is mishandled and muddled.
January 9, 2019
And as just this, a simple vehicle for feminist rage, "The First Wives Club" is effective. The trouble is that the opportunity was here to say so much more.
January 9, 2019
It pretends to sympathize with dumped women and displaced homemakers everywhere, but given these gals' level of obvious affluence, membership in ``The First Wives Club'' is quite exclusive.
January 9, 2019
Sisters are doing it for themselves. But what they're doing is obsessing about men, which greatly undermines this purported comedy of female empowerment.
September 7, 2011
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.
January 26, 2006
One-liners aside, however, there's no disguising the film's social smugness or predictability.
June 19, 2005
April 9, 2005
Overall, I guess I felt a little cheated with The First Wives Club.
March 2, 2005
August 26, 2004
April 16, 2004
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