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The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elise Elliot Atchison
... Brenda Morelli Cushman
... Annie MacDuggan Paradis
... Gunilla Garson Goldberg
... Shelly Stewart
... Morton Cushman
... Cynthia Swann Griffin
... Bill Atchison
... Aaron Paradis
... Phoebe LaVelle
... Dr. Leslie Rosen
... Duarto Feliz
... Chris Paradis
... Catherine MacDuggan
... Uncle Carmine
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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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Don't get mad. Get everything. 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,913,411, 22 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$105,489,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,489,203
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Goldie Hawn was previously directed by Hugh Wilson in Protocol (1984). See more »

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In the opening sequence at College, the girls all line up for a photo. Cynthia is the tallest by a large degree. When seen grown up, due to their actor counterparts, Cynthia would have been the shortest by far, as Stockard Channing is shorter than Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton at 5"2. See more »

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Brenda: My Morty becomes this big shot on T.V... He was selling electronics, right? On our 20th wedding anniversary it hits midlife crisis major. He starts working out, he, he grows a moustache, he gets an earring. I said, "Morty, Morty, what are you? A pirate? what's next? A parrot?" And all of a sudden I'm a big drag. I'm holding him back because I won't go rollerblading.
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Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Performed by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
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Instructive - maybe not; hilarious - definitely!
20 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Like Nine to Five, First Wives Club purports to be making a statement - albeit in comedy mode - about a serious feminist issue, but like that movie is simply an opportunity to portray women getting back at men who have taken advantage of them - and why not?! While the film may have little practical application to the majority of women who are "traded in" for newer models, but whose men are not as well heeled as the husbands in this film, it does provide them with 100 minutes of escapist entertainment from three great American actresses - OK Bette Midler may not be the best actress in the world but she's certainly hugely entertaining.

Midler plays one of three 60s college friends, who meet 25 years later and find that they've each been deserted - her businessman ex-hubby keeps her short of cash while buying skimpy designer dresses for his skimpy girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker). The other two in the triumvirate are Diane Keaton as a diffident door-mat, and Goldie Hawn as an alcoholic and facelifted filmstar. But this is one movie where there is no doubt about the characters undergoing an "arc" during its course, and hardly anyone emerges unaltered. Along the way, there are lots of laughs, a few tears, and an unforgettable rendition of You Don't Own Me. Elsewhere on IMDb, some ungenerous souls have used the word hysterical to describe this movie; hysterically funny is nearer the mark.


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