10. The Women (2008)

Giving women a bad name


Directed by: Diane English
Written by: Diane English, based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce
Starring: Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening

Sex and the City ... minus the sex

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like such a bad premise – a wealthy New Yorkian woman discovers that her husband is cheating on her with a younger, sexier perfume sales assistant and is conflicted as to what she should do. Couple this with an exciting cast that includes romantic-comedy veteran Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Eva Mendes, and you’d think the movie was sitting on a Hollywood goldmine. Wrong. On second glance (or at least a glance that steals 114 minutes of your life), the story fails to provoke interesting ideas regarding women, marriage and divorce in the modern day world – feeling a lot like a forced Sex and the City minus any exciting sex or engaging observations.

As a remake of the 1939 film, written by and based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce, The Women seems to rely too heavily on the big names of its cast in order to reel in the right audience, cheating them of their time and money by stretching out a story that only skims interesting ideas about old and modern morals relating to women wronged by their husbands. For instance, is it better to forgive and forget for the good of the children? Are women truly happy if they start their lives all over again (especially at such a … mature age?)? And what about the husband’s lover?

Without going into any depth with these questions, The Women annoyingly stretches the plot with convenient little fights between the eclectic group of girlfriends to kick up a fuss, and conclusions that seem a little shallow and somewhat rushed. If marriage is this fickle, and there are people in the world as annoying as this group of ladies, I think I’d rather resort to the life of a hermit.


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