The Ladies' Room

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Verbose and high-toned, this wan fantasy is like a Lifetime TV movie made in the style of Lina Wertmuller film and then redubbed into English by Nora Ephron. Two women find their fates commingled, after one, Julia (Molly Parker), accidentally runs down the other, Lauren (Veronica Ferris), with her motorbike. In the after-life, they enter a posh ladies'...read more

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Verbose and high-toned, this wan fantasy is like a Lifetime TV movie made in the style of Lina Wertmuller film and then redubbed into English by Nora Ephron.

Two women find their fates commingled, after one, Julia (Molly Parker), accidentally runs down the other, Lauren (Veronica Ferris), with her motorbike. In the after-life, they enter a posh ladies' room, where they justify their mortal mistakes in flashbacks. As ambitious an actress as Eve Harrington, Julia not only slept with her playwright, Bill (Allan Fawcett), but also tried to steal him from his wife and the star of his play, Gemma (Lorraine Bracco). Although Gemma was her mentor, Julia schemed for stardom at her expense by trying to capitalize on her personal access to Bill, the writer-of-the-moment. But when Bill refuses to marry her, Julie sinks into depression. For her part, Lauren also engaged in an adulterous affair. Invited to a gala by her married Italian lover, Roberto (John Malkovich), Lauren finds herself unceremoniously shunted aside after Roberto's wife, Lucia (Greta Scacchi), arrives unexpectedly as a birthday surprise. The nine-months-pregnant Lucia later retreats to the ladies' room to rest and befriends the tearful Lauren, who feels utterly humiliated by Roberto's brush-off. The two women discover their mutual interest in Roberto just before Lucia goes into labor. Unsettled by her role as the other woman, Lauren rushes into the street and is struck by Julia's motorbike. Having confessed all, Lauren and Julia wonder whether they'll be condemned to harbor their regrets eternally or be granted the chance to learn from their follies.

If you can't abide movies that twinkle with self-satisfaction about their own adorableness, then avoid this serio-comedy like the plague. You, too, will contemplate eternity as these self-pitying puppets get their strings pulled by four screenwriters in search of one original idea.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Verbose and high-toned, this wan fantasy is like a Lifetime TV movie made in the style of Lina Wertmuller film and then redubbed into English by Nora Ephron. Two women find their fates commingled, after one, Julia (Molly Parker), accidentally runs down th… (more)

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