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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Lynda Carter's performance makes this movie

9/10
Author: phantom-48 from San Juan, Puerto Rico
24 March 1999

Lynda Carter proves to be a better actress than people conceive her as in her portrayal of a Wife and Mother that poses for Playboy. Another great character is the "slutty" twin sister played by Josie Bissett of Melrose Place. Josie's acting in this movie is much better than in the cheesy Melrose.

Overall, this movie is credible, but might be a disappointment for people who want to see skin.

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Abigail to her father: "It's too late."

10/10
Author: stephanlinsenhoff from Sweden
11 August 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Posing – inspired by three real stories. A housewife, a Yalestudent, a Chicagobroker: an interview. Of course: never, ever is something free and has to be payed. The stockbroker (her answer to her colleagues: "I pose for Playboy when you've posed for Playgirl") loses her job and is for ever on the black list. The same for the housewife: punished that she dared. The family business will never be 'after' what it was 'before'. The Yalestudent, against Playboy what it stands for and does, is banned by her yaleprofesserfather, forbidding the publication His 'perfect' daughters answer: "It's too late". When daughter confronted, why he doesn't answer her calls: "I don't take calls from strangers … ("I'm your daughter, not a stranger") "… Not anymore. You are not a daughter anymore of mine." The stockbroker (behind her success-career is ' the fat schoolgirl') loses her work and wins love. The same for the housewife. For one single day she is not looked at. But seen and special: "I was flattered, who would't be" – not taken for granted as a furniture in her house, by neighbors and dear friends. Why did these three women what they did? Beside their very own reason of being neglected, of what they are, want to be and not are: they where pushed by society to do what they thought to do or wanted. "But", as Janets mother asks, "there must be another way" and Janet: "Maybe, but it didn't come along." They saw suddenly a way out of their one-way-street: and made the deal with Playboy's devil. Society saw it as a joke, never believing they would do it. At stake was their image, their family, was career at work. The three turned the limelights beam on the veil. And the veil became transparent, everybody not looking but seeing behind. The settled every-day-housewife knew: with the birth of her children she was not special anymore, but 'a furniture' of the household. The success-money-broker, burdened by her image of the fat schoolgirl. And the Yale student remembers the five minutes that transformed her into the 'shining-perfect-example'. The moment at summer camp when her twin sister helped her stage frightened sister as stand in: "It's amazing how five minutes can change a whole life." When, still against Playboy's values, she accepts their offered bait, she pretends the first moments to be her sister. The perfect Abigail, reconnects with her twin sister, sees herself on the same level, being suddenly unperfect. The housewife discovers that her husband subscribes Playboy. "For gods sake. I subscribe to a new magazine. What's the big deal. It's only a magazine". And to her friend: "Jimmy looks rather at a Playboy magazine than at me". As the other two, she knew that she crossed the line and had to pay - would she do it again? Without family: she would. Society's values, the values of the white, the normal, the values of men – the boy's club. The housewife to her boyish husband: "You look at me and do not see me. Where is the promise for better and worse?" Her best friend, believing all is a joke, that she never would do it, asks what choice they, as married women have: if you choose this you must sacrifice that. The message: when the stockbroker tells her mother what her daughter has done. "Why didn't you ask for the 500 dollars?" "Five hundred dollars I make at work in five minutes. I did it for me. Just for me." Her mothers values are questioned: "What do you want of me, my approval? Well, I can't give you that." And when her daughter asks for her just-once-understanding her mother, she herself an exploited piece of furniture, answers: "Alright. Help me understand." Her boss at work: "I'm not firering you; even if I want. I do not need a lawsuit. I don't think you are very happy working here from now on." Easy are other instruments that she quits of free will. Janet admits that she has today a better sense as a woman, that she had the courage to tell Michael what she wanted. And that she knows: "The rules for men and women are very different. I learned it the hard way." Described by Slavoj Zizek. It is the obscene other side, the dark side of the Superego. Rob Reiner has it in the movie A Few Good Men. Everybody knows the red code. But not allowed to pull it into daylight. Used when the ethic code of togetherness is in danger. The official, written Law vs the 'obscene' unwritten Law - the spoken traumas sound of the Superego. For a short moment the three "Few Good Women" limelighted the Behind behind the veil. Disregarding the French Civil Code Book (1804) § 340 Scrutiny as to paternity is forbidden... But: ... § 341 Scrutiny as to maternity is admissible.The (fe-) male director Stephen Stafford, ends the teleplay with the following text "Altough inspired by three true stories, certain characters, names, places and events have been created or altered for (male) dramatic purposes."

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8 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Emotionally charged portrayal of overcoming insecurities!

Author: skillz from Indiana
2 October 2000

This movie was thought provoking in a sense because it shows how men separate the women that they love from the women they see in girlie magazines! In this flick the women needed to affirm their physical beauty by going to a girlie magazine photographer! Where are the husbands and the fathers? It also makes this decision to pose seem self-centered (not that the characters were self-centered; they were well acted). The women that make an emotionally charged decision to pose rarely think about the loved ones that they will hurt once the pictures are made public! It also serves to turn an otherwise complex, multi-faceted character into an object!This movie also should warn all the husbands and fathers out there to not neglect their wives and daughters; so that they won't resort to drastic measures to feel attractive!

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