Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford were formidable in George Cukor's 1939 release of 'The Women', a play written by Clare Booth Luce. They had style, they had wit, they had passion. Diane English's remake has none of these except an exceptional cast of women. But, the script gives them nothing to play with. Redoes of famous films are always a little bit 'iffy' and this film from 2008 has gone off track. It is as if the actors were all play acting and playing they were, acting no.
Meg Ryan, plays Mary Haines, a wife and mother whose husband is having an affair with a perfume saleswoman, Eva Mendes, at Sachs. Her best friends,
Annette Benning, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith try to support her but everything is a mess and nothing is right. Mary's household comes undone when she orders her husband, Stephen out of the house. That is pretty much the sum of the film. Mary breaks up with her best friend, is a failure as a mother and wife, and all this forces her to get her act together. OK, over and done but a two hour version is two too many.
There is no chemistry, there is no real action, nothing comes together. Diane English, the creator of Murphy Brown has come undone here. Candace Bergen as Mary's mother is the best of the bunch and that is because she is Murphy grown-up.
Not Recommended. prisrob 05-05-13