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The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 20 September 1996 (USA)
Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.



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After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three wives have been dumped for newer, curvier models. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts - in the wallet! Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all. Justice has seldom been so sweet. Or so much fun. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de las divorciadas  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,913,411 (USA) (22 September 1996)


$105,489,203 (USA)

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It doesn't get any cornier than this
27 February 2007 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I love Diane Keaton and Maggie Smith. So-so Bette Midler. I can't stand Goldie Hawn. I watched THE FIRST WIVES CLUB on some channel while I was working on my computer, needing some sort of silly distraction in the background. Boy, what a corny movie. Seriously corny film. Embarrassingly corny flick. Were the three female stars going through menopause, which can only explain the bad decision the three gals made in agreeing to star in this crappy "comedy".

I mean, any comedy from the 1930s, 1940s and even the corny 1950s, were much more clever than this treacly stillborn yawnfest. Speaking of yawns, can someone explain to me the appeal of Goldie Hawn? She plays the same kind of character in every film: ditzy babe (in this case, over-the-hill ditzy babe). She has no range whatsoever. And this is set against Keaton and Midler, who also play clichéd characters. And Maggie Smith is totally wasted in a pointless character.

Everything in this product is pure corn. The gals exacting revenge on their philandering husbands is so unconvincing and simplistic, that I groaned non-stop in abject embarrassment. Who wrote this thing, a 12 year old? The ending is particularly awful, with everyone joining a party in honor of the first wives club, including the husbands they just emasculated. And in the closing shot we see the three women sing and dance in the middle of an empty street, which is a true low-point in corniness.

Diane Keaton, one of my favorite actors, has been making a lot of bad movies these days. She should be more choosy with the kind of scripts she's being offered. After THE FAMILY STONE and now this, I'll probably stop watching all of her new films.

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