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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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Getting even... this fall. See more »

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

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El club de las divorciadas  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,913,411 (USA) (20 September 1996)

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$105,444,419 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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Jennifer Lawrence quoted this movie in her acceptance speech for the 2013 Golden Globes. Jennifer started her speech with "I beat Meryl" See more »

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During the opening scene when Cynthia is flash backing to the morning of their graduation, they pose for a picture. In this shot, Elise's eyes look to her left as do Cynthia's. When Cynthia looks at the photo in current time, however, both girls are looking to the right. See more »

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Brenda: I remember your first talk-y.
Elise: Oh yeah, what did you ever win? A pie eating contest? "Best digestion?"
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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Written by Brad Dechter
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Strange How Underrated This Movie Is
9 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"First Wives Club" is an example of excellent movie making. The pacing, the continuity, the look of the scenes and the characterizations are all very funny and charming and entertaining. For a big budget holiday movie made to make money, it does its job and does it very well. Midler is especially excellent. So is Dan Hedaya as her ex and Dame Maggie Smith as a friend indeed. I think that the major reason that the movie is unappreciated by too many critics is because it's a "woman's picture." It's designed to be a very light comedy that brings in women and their families to generate box office. Whatever its genre, however, the movie works in every way it's intended to work. The sets are great, the costumes are perfect and the acting is really funny and also touching when it needs to be, such as when Sarah Jessica Parker says to Bette Midler, "Brenda, this outfit might look really good on you... why don't you try one on in YOUR SIZE!" Midler's fury suddenly deflates, and she exhibits pathos. Lots of funny lines and facial expressions and over-the-top emotion, and the directing was, I think, very precise and well done.


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