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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:
Annette Bening, Lynn Whitfield
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
Meg Ryan's hair stars in this film about loyalty and friendship. She is supposed to be a slightly frumpy housewife (albeit a very wealthy and beautiful one) who has sacrificed her dreams to be a good wife and mother. Annette Benning plays her best friend, a go-getting magazine editor, Debrah Messing plays a scatty, scruffy earth-mother type and Jada Pinkett Smith seems to be the token black woman who doesn't really fit into the plot anywhere. All the characters seem to be real stereotypes which is a shame.
Ryan's character, Mary, finds out that her husband has been cheating with maneater Eva Mendes and her friends rally round to help her. The scenes at the nail bar are the funniest in the film and it is here where all the gossip is traded.
Mary's daughter is showing signs of developing anorexia and I don't think that this issue was taken seriously enough in the film. Mary decides to follow her dream to be a fashion designer and her daughter is pretty much left to fend for herself. As soon as Mary dons a tight black dress and has her hair straightened you just know she is going to be a huge success.
Of course this is a chick-flick and a very watchable one at that. If you have had a taxing day this is the sort of easy-to-watch movie that you can relax into and enjoy without having to think too hard.
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Format: DVD
Very poor acting, no sense of cohesion amongst the cast,the relationships did not come across as genuine, poorly scripted, poorly directed.....A real disappointment considering the calibre of stars. I feel like I have just wasted 1 hour and 50 minutes of my life!!!I was looking forward to a fun girly movie but in fact found myself angry while watching it. This film, apart from all the previous criticisms I have mentioned, came across as clichéd and insulting to women. Save your time and money and do not buy this film!
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A truly abhorrent film that is poorly acted, badly scripted, terribly written and fails on every single level to satisfy.
By the end (if you make it that far) you will notice how the simplistic idea that 'men are bad, women are better' is so dreadfully realised that you end up disliking all of the main characters who after an hour and a half of stilted acted come to the conclusion that they need men after all and were mostly wrong from the outset.
It does not make a huge amount of sense.
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Format: DVD
I was very disappointed with this film, especially given the good cast. The characters were not very realistic, they didn't come alive and frankly I didn't care what happened to them by the end. If I had been watching it on television I would have switched off but as I had paid for it, I watched till the end however it didn't improve. Normally I pass my videos onto my mother but this one I won't bother! I expect it was trying to copy "Sex & the City" but it completely missed the target.
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Format: DVD
The Women is an interesting one. It's the very chickiest of chick flicks inasmuch as, you won't glimpse a single chap on screen the entire time. You'll not even hear one on the phone... and you may not even realise until the end credits.

Oh, there's nothing particularly wonderful or particularly rubbish about this film. It's just inoffensive and tepid and a perfectly adequate way to spend a couple of hours. It's a tamer version of Sex and the City, really: 4 women doing lunch in New York before shopping. Except when Ryan's character discovers her husband is having an affair with a perfume spritzer (Eva Mendez who, admittedly, is bloody gawjus) her life starts to tumble down.

The focus of the film, though, is female friendship. It's an homage to the nature of friendship, and it's charming in that respect... it's just the ancillary stuff - affairs, prodigious pregnancies, lesbianism - that steers it back to standard chick-flickery and ultimately detracts from the real story.

The performances are uniformly good - none of the actresses are tested in any way, and it's all perfectly nice.

Best watched on a Summer afternoon with girly friends, sunshine and a glass of chilled white wine in hand.
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By N on 2 Dec. 2015
Format: DVD
It's worth watching for Meg's hair alone. Meg's acting is little OTT and her slouching around and eating junk food is overdone. Actually, was it Meg Ryan? She looked different and seemed to morph into Jennifer A when her hair was straightened (with a slight trout pout). The three friends are typical stereotypes, Annette B (I first thought she was the actress who played Bibi in Frasier), Debra M, who we don't see enough of, and for some reason someone called Jade Pinkett (who gives a pretty poor performance). Bette M is well, playing her usual role; Bette Midler. As for Eva M, odd performance with an even odder walk. Music and acting is typical chick flik, nothing new. Reminded me of sex and the city characters. Strange about the scene with a room full ladies post face lift op in bandages. Probably funny at the time but most current actresses have now gone down that road. Watchable but I think I'll try the original which everyone talks about.
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A group of friends rally round Mary as her cheating husband tears her world apart. That's it! In the now popular tradition this is hoped to be held together by the sheer weight of stars involved. Annette Benning is as reliable as ever as she plays a treacherous career woman,(apparently your friends cheating on you is worse than your spouse!), Jada Pinkett Smith is given no lines, just angry looks, as a Lesbian writer,(a relationship with a model is set up & then forgotten about), Debra Messing is made to look scruffy and a pig because she's a 'breeder'( and of course her kids are uncontrollable little ratbags), Eva Mendes is eye candy, Bette Midler makes a brief appearance but is not given a single funny line & Meg Ryan plays the same character she has always played since she claimed the rom-com title as her own, the put-upon but lovable quiet one. The only actress given a chance is Candice Bergen & god bless her she is the only person to walk away from this unholy mess with her held held high.
The idea of having no men is surely to reinforce the understanding that women apart from men are fine thank you very much but instead the plot belittles that at every turn. Ryan's character not only falls to bits at her hubbies infidelities, keeps hankering after him, fails as a mother and friend but in the end is only happy when the unfaithful git begs to come back to her! Bennings character is destroyed by her being a career woman and even Bergen's mother has had to ignore her husbands unfaithfulness in order to survive. The icing on the whole cake is that they are all stock hollywood characters who are all rolling in money.
This is so confused that it could only be saved by some really sharp scripting.
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