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The First Wives Club 1996 PG CC

Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton portray mid-life Manhattanites who have more than a longtime friendship in common. After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, each has been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain.

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Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn
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1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Hugh Wilson
Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn
Supporting actors Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Dan Hedaya, Bronson Pinchot, Marcia Gay Harden, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Reiner, Ari Greenberg
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I guess I'm a bit behind the eight ball - I just watched this movie for the first time last week - and it was great!!!

Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton & Bette Midler work wonderfully together in this movie, and they each play their characters to the hilt!!!

The gist of the movie is that these women were all great friends during their teen years but had lost touch through the years. The suicide death of one of their "group" brought them all together once again. While catching up, they realized that they were all going through similar situations in their marriages - they were all being cheated on by their husbands!

Once they figure this out, they decide to put their heads together to come up with inventive ways to get back at their husbands for doing this to them - and I must say they do an excellent job at it!!!

Overall, this is a great comedy to watch with your girlfriends -I'm not sure if the men would be as eager to watch it with you. I give "The First Wives Club" 2 thumbs up!
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In 1996, Hugh Wilson directed a very funny comedy about three friends that were all dumped by their husbands for younger women in the film "First Wives Club". Based upon the 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith (1949-2004), the three friends (who had met in college) are brought back together after their fourth friend, Cynthia Swann Griffin (Stockard Channing), jumped from her penthouse apartment in Manhattan after her husband left and she felt totally alone. Upon learning about each others similar marital problems, the surviving friends, which include the boisterous Brenda Cushman (Bette Midler), the movie actress Elise Elliot (Goldie Hawn) and the timid Annie Paradis (Diane Keaton), decide to work together to attain vengence upon their ex-husbands. Brenda's ex-husband, Morton 'Morty' Cushman (Dan Hedaya), wants to marry the very young and shallow Shelly Stewart (Sarah Jessica Parker). Elise's ex-husband, Bill Atchison (Victor Garber), is dating the very young aspiring actress Phoebe LaVelle (Elizabeth Berkley). Annie's separated husband, Aaron Paradis (Stephen Collins), is having an affair with Annie's therapist, Dr. Leslie Rosen (Marcia Gay Harden). To assist them, the trio of first wives enlist help from their friends, which include the interior decorator Duarto Feliz (Bronson Pinchot), Annie's daughter Chris Paradis (Jennifer Dundas), the socialite Gunilla Garson Goldberg (Maggie Smith) and Brenda's Uncle Carmine (Philip Bosco).
Though the plot was somewhat weak and the acting and screen writing were not Oscar-worthy, "First Wives Club" is still very entertaining and engaging. The most memorable acting comes from Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Victor Garber. The film did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.
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When I saw First Wives Club in the theater, I was not expecting for it to effect me as much as it has. This movie is not about three women just getting revenge on their ex-husbands. More importantly, it deals with long-lasting friendships and how hard that they are to maintain.
It took a common college friend's funeral to reunite these three women. Their dead friend wasn't so concerned about her ex-husband, but about the loneliness that she would feel without him being a part of her life.
I believe that anyone who has ever been in a relationship can understand that feeling of being alone without anyone in your life. This is what I like about this movie. It signifies that what we need in our lives are friends to share the good and bad times. We do not need friends to be there as a substitute for a significant other.
Midler, Hawn, and Keaton do a great job in portraying long time friends, who in their need to exact revenge on their former husbands, discover that what they really needed was each other to help them rediscover their self-esteem.
I would love to see the three women unite to do another movie. They have a wonderful chemistry together. I heard that they actually got along rather well on the set.
If you want to see a funny movie about friendship and love, then The First Wives Club is for you.
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This was a chick flick in many respects, but not so sappy and irrational that it annoys you like other chick flicks do. All three leads are legitimately angry and the audience feels for them, because we've all been scorned (whether you're a man or a woman, but it will obviously speak to you moreso if you are a woman). I wouldn't give this 4 stars because the song and dance routines were lame and kind of annoying.

Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler are three old friends who are reunited over the death of a college friend. She committed suicide off her penthouse suite after her husband left her for another woman. The three receive letters from her sent just before she jumped expressing her grief. She wished she had all that they did, and that they were still good friends. The three get back together after her funeral and discover that while the years have affected them differently they have all experienced the same woes when their husbands, who they were there to support in their early, lean years, achieved success, and all left them for younger women.

Diane Keaton, perhaps the weakest of them all, endures her mother's bullying and her daughter's coming out on top of her divorce, plus being used by her estranged husband while he is also seeing her therapist who she had been paying to help her sort out her problems. {Ewww) Goldie Hawn is an actress who, in an industry which glorifies youth and beauty unlike any other, had her husband leave her for a younger woman even though she has pulled her face taught and self medicating with alcohol rather than popping pain pills. Bette Middler, the funniest of them all and always the star of every show, had her husband leave her for Shelly, a shark of a younger woman who was working in her husband's furniture store.
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