The Women 2008

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The story centers on a group of gossipy, high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily-wedded Mary Haines finds her marriage in trouble when shop girl Crystal Allen gets her hooks into Mary's man.

Starring:
Lynn Whitfield, Meg Ryan
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Lynn Whitfield, Meg Ryan, Debra Messing, Ana Gasteyer, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher, Candice Bergen, Joanna Gleason, Cloris Leachman, Eva Mendes
Director Diane English
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 16 March 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Lynn Whitfield, Meg Ryan, Debra Messing, Ana Gasteyer, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher, Candice Bergen, Joanna Gleason, Cloris Leachman, Eva Mendes
Director Diane English
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 16 March 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
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
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 28 April 2009
Format: DVD
Wealthy Mary Haines (Ryan) leaves her husband after she finds out from
her socialite friends he has been cheating with the attractive sales
girl Crystal Allen (Mendes) Ryan, Bening, Mendes, Messing and Pinkett
Smith are the stars in Diane English's adaptation of the hit 1939 hit
The Women. All these big stars have had their names printed in the
credits of some of the finest and memorable romantic comedy dramas over
the last few decades. When Harry met Sally, American Beauty and Hitch
to name just a few. So all have experience in the genre, all have won
our hearts in their previous respective roles and are all therefore
capable of regenerating their own personal magic, so why has the film
plummeted with fans and critiques? This film is undoubtedly targeted
towards women with an all female cast and concepts of dresses,
relationships and dealing with life. Fair enough. It is easy viewing if
your problems are reflected and managed in a different light and with
your favourite stars it should be a worthwhile view. But reflecting
realism is never the same with these films. The solutions appear too
easy to match the running time, the problems are far from the truth and
the inclusion of bad timing just generates a form of fantasy that
should be banned from screen.

The bottom line is that romantic comedies are so easy to make in recent
times. He's just not that into you or Love Actually are some previous
star driven previous releases that show films are woven around its
stars rather than the plot and lack realism because of it. Romantic
comedy dramas have the same generic style.
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I was not looking forward to watching this film - I'm a huge fan of the original George Cukor gem, which is a classic of wit, glamour and satire and one of my favourite films. I am also a devotee of Rosalind Russell and her turn in the original, as the horrendous Sylvia, is a stand-out comedy performance. By contrast, the reviews I read of this remake were mostly scathing, so I prepared myself for the worst - perhaps that's why I didn't find it quite as dreadful as everyone makes out.

True, it doesn't have the crispness, verve, or sophistication of the original - but I don't think it's meant to. The original version of 'The Women' pretty much invented the concept of the chick-flick and it was a product of its era. It has a 1930s polish to it that typifies films of that time. The 2008 re-working of 'The Women' is undoubtedly tepid by comparison - the script does not crackle in the same way. However, it's far easier to make a script crackle when you are pitting the characters against each other - bitchy put-downs are always funnier than heartfelt emotion and arch brittleness always comes across as being far wittier than simple truths. However, we live in a different era, now - and although I could wish for a bit of 30s glamour and sophistication in modern culture, there's no doubt, this is a better era for women to be living in. The old chestnut of a plot that cautions: 'Women Beware Women' is (thankfully) not as relevant as it once was - women's friendships are recognized and celebrated by the modern media, in a way they rarely were, eighty years ago. I suspect that is why Diane English chose to take the film in the direction she did - she decided to focus on women's support for each other, rather than cooking up a bitch-fest.
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The hype of this film as it came out does not come close to justifying the unfortunate train wreck of a film that is The Women.

Wit and charm are two characteristics lacking in this film. Two characteristics that should be in this film. Unfortunately dull and sad are the main attractions in this film. A look at the spineless attitudes of spoilt middle class bake sale kind of women (Meg Ryan, Debra Messing) and one particularly money grabbing slut (Eva Mendes). Throw in the token black lesbian to spread out the demographic (Jada Pinkett Smith) and you have a recipe for the dullest, not even close to bitchy enough disaster you may ever see.

The women only cast should inspire you and lift your mood as the film in essence is designed to be a boost to women kind or so I would imagine, however this production not only fails to show you how amazing and strong women can be but in fact makes women look sad, pathetic and fickle and lets throw in a good measure of bitter... very bitter.

It is a sad film that does no favours for women and will make you shout at the screen. I did. Several times. I would not recommend this film at all and if you are going to watch it mae sure it is on a channel on the TV don't bother buying the DVD. Spend it on something far more entertaining like a bouncy ball.
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