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The First Wives Club (1996)

 -  Comedy  -  20 September 1996 (USA)
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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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20 September 1996 (USA)  »

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El club de las divorciadas  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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ITL 3,900,042,000 (Italy) (31 January 1997)

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ITL 5,349,973,000 (Italy) (28 February 1997)
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When Elise goes to Bills office for the first time to take possession of the assets her lips do not match when she says "the ming vase". See more »

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Even As A Female Myself, I Loathed This Movie
17 November 2007 | by (London, England, UK) – See all my reviews

I saw the film purely by accident a couple of years ago on a plane when I was travelling to Hong Kong and this was shown on screen.

The First Wives Club is mainly based on a book- of which I am not that familiar with- and is a very anti-male take on 3 women who get together and plan their revenge against their hubby's, after they mistreat them. The script was poor, the performances were below-par given the standard of the three female leads, Midler, Hawn and Keaton and for a film supposedly trying to promote gender equality it fails because it portrays the male characters as sleazy, money grabbing chauvinists.

This comedy movie is also so devoid of actual laughs, the wisecracks were typically old-fashioned, sexist and the narrative derivative- and this coming from a woman. If society is ever going to become more equally tolerant and acceptable of men and women, then it needs to start by getting rid of pro-feminist concepts which celebrates the triumphs of femininity but ridicules and criticises masculinity. We have things such as women studies for eg, and yet if men were to have male studies, they would be slated for that too.

I didn't really care one bit about the characters, because they were all stereotypes of men and women and in truth I don't mind watching TV shows and films with a predominately female slant to it, just as long as its treatment of its male counterparts is on an equal playing level and vice versa with the women. But with movies such as The First Wives Club, they are misleading and wrongly perpetuate the notion that all women are great and all men are heartless, scheming, cheating, lying toe rags.

Such a shame that with a stellar cast in Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, the film sends itself up to be male-bashing farce, as opposed to one that highlights the positives and negatives of both men and women through these characters and addressing the argument of the battle of the sexes, in a open minded and fair way that doesn't make all women out to be the good guys and the men the so-called bad guys.

The ending was a bit of a farce because the men end up going back to their girlfriends and wives, despite their behaviour and going out with other women that Hawn, Midler and Keaton take them back.

Whilst this will not rank in my top ten worst movies ever list- i've seen much worst in my time- this ultimately is a flawed movie which to be honest, having seen it once, I have no intention of ever seeing it again


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