The First Wives Club

Sisters are doing it for themselves. But what they're doing is obsessing about men, which greatly undermines this purported comedy of female empowerment. Yes, it's great that Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler -- all women of a certain age, though they've done their best to make sure no one's certain what it is -- get to carry a major motion picture,...read more

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Sisters are doing it for themselves. But what they're doing is obsessing about men, which greatly undermines this purported comedy of female empowerment. Yes, it's great that Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler -- all women of a certain age, though they've

done their best to make sure no one's certain what it is -- get to carry a major motion picture, playing college chums reunited by the perfidy of men. But their characters are reactionary caricatures: A selfish sot nipped and tucked within an inch of her life; a pathetic, repressed ditz; and a

frustrated frump. And it takes a while to feel OK about laughing after Stockard Channing, the fourth alumna, does a swan dive onto Park Avenue because her husband has left her for a lemon tart (Heather Locklear). Only Maggie Smith sparkles, as the distinguished and oh-so-politely venomous

socialite who's unimpeachable proof that "Don't get mad -- get everything," is very fine advice. The line itself is given to Ivana Trump, whose celebrity cameo demonstrates that she could, if she so chose, be the Zsa Zsa Gabor of the '90s.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Sisters are doing it for themselves. But what they're doing is obsessing about men, which greatly undermines this purported comedy of female empowerment. Yes, it's great that Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler -- all women of a certain age, though… (more)

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