The Women Movie Review
THE WOMEN: HO-HUM
The Women is a remake of the 1939 film of the same name. And it wants to show strong women who can get through anything by sticking together. But all it does is come across feeling forced and doesn't do anything new.
Mary (Meg Ryan) thinks she is in a happy marriage. But then her friend Sylvie(Annette Bening) gets a manicure at department store Saks Fifth Avenue and finds out that Mary is having an affair with the “Spritzer Girl” (Eva Mendes).
This prompts Mary to go on a journey with her friends and family to discover what she wants out of life and her marriage.
The movie feels more like sitcom, not a movie. It has stereotypical characters:the hard lesbian, strong career woman who doesn't need a man, flighty woman that is always knocked up, and the sex kitten who is always digging her claws into an unavailable man. There are some real moments but the shallow ones are in abundance. The cast of well known actresses can hold their own but they can only do so much. Debra Messing is ridiculous as the constantly procreating female who believes that it is the only thing on earth worth doing. Meg Ryan has a cringe worthy moment with a stick of butter, cocoa powder, and milk that makes you say “yuck!” Fashion and New York City provide the glitz and glamour backdrop with labels like La Perla, Valentino, Prada, and department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue.
The film's main problem is that life doesn't wrap itself up with a bow, and so movie endings shouldn't either.
The Women is a silly attempt at a film about the bonds of women. It has some fun times but its all been done before. Go rent Steel Magnolias instead.
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