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The Starter Wife

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Primetime Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Will and Grace) lights up the screen in The Starter Wife! Follow the uplifting adventures of Molly Kagen (Messing), a Hollywood wife who must reinvent herself after being left by her movie executive husband. Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes) directs a dazzling ensemble cast, including Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives), Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Joe Mantegna (Bugsy) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls). Based on the bestselling novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, this must-own 2-disc set includes all 6 liberating TV-hours of funny, empowering entertainment. Say "I do" to The Starter Wife on DVD!

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  • Actors: Debra Messing
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios / Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28PUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Starter Wife" on IMDb

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
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You must forget Will & Grace when you watch the Starter Wife. Kiss Grace goodbye, this aint her. Messing shows how she can take the lead and keep this mini series moving. She plays an ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss starts her life after her divorce

The supporting cast of Judy Davis, Joe Mantegna, Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), and Peter Jacobson (Transformers & the Lost Room)mesh with Messing. Mantegna best scene is hom in drag-DONT MISS IT

On the whole, the mini series, which is based upon the novel by Hollywood Wife Gigi Levangie Grazer, the wife of Producer/director Brian Grazer, is a great story. It ranks up there will Jackie Collins's Hollywood series of books and movies

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gayle J. Bannister on May 3, 2009
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Debra Messing and supporting cast/ensemble cast is absolutely stunning in this romantic comedy about a woman who faces her life after realizing she was just a "starter wife" for her up and coming famous husband. As he moves on to younger and more beautiful women, she must learn to adjust and eventually flower into who she really is.

Excellent, Smart, Sophisticated, Entertaining!!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Deborah B. Miley on July 5, 2007
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This show wasn't mindblowing and it wasn't super original, but it had heart, something I think is missing from TV today. It surprised me that I could sit and just get lost in this show and its quirky characters. Debra Messing is a great actress and I love the fact that Anika Noni Rose played the security guard for the community. If you haven't seen this show in it's original network run, please pick up a copy or rent it from Netflix. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JOHN GODFREY on September 19, 2007
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Sure. It's not bad. This is not a show I'd would have considered on my own or even remembered to watch. My wife was watching & I stopped for a moment & stayed because Debra Messing is so excellent- fashion, comedy & drama. It's not marketed to us 50+ males but is a perfect, summer mini-series. It went to dvd pretty quick in case you missed it. I'd recommend it. Debra's scenes with Joe Montegna are the best.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Divascribe VINE VOICE on October 25, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed "The Starter Wife," even though it isn't the type of show I usually watch. It was a delight -- lots of chuckles, with enough serious subject matter to keep it from being a dramatized version of the Shopping Channel. Deborah Messing is perfect as the "starter wife" who's dumped by her studio honcho husband and thinks her life is over. Not so -- a new life is just beginning. Messing and her small coterie of loyal friends are great, and the hunk she finds on the beach is a feast for the eyes. The miniseries is great fun, guaranteed to bring a smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amoeba on September 20, 2009
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Be sure to watch The Starter Wife (TV MIni-series) before you watch The Starter Wife Season 1....we didn't do it that way and couldn't understand how Season 1 started with flashbacks. When we went back to see the start of it all we thought it might be too dull to go backwards, but it was great too and left us wanting more! My husband even likes this show! We can't wait for another season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clarita apple on September 20, 2009
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I loved the miniseries and thought I would have to be content with just those 6 episodes, so I was thrilled to see a whole other season of terrific characters, stories and sets.

Debra Messing stars as a newly divorced wife of a (once) powerful Hollywood mogul who has fallen off his golden pedestal. The show is delicious social satire, set in the excesses of uber-rich Hollywood, but the themes apply to any society - friendship, honesty, loyalty, decency, contrasted with social climbing, backstabbing, greed, jealously and posturing. It all takes place in the wealthy stratosphere of Hollywood society, so you can count on gorgeous sets, cars and clothes and dreamy California scenery. Messing is hilarious, moving, and refreshing as the lead, and she has a wonderful supporting cast.

Messing's husband was played brilliantly by Peter Jacobson in the mini-series, perfectly cast as a nebbishy, self-serving jerk. He left Starter Wife for a role in House and is sorely missed in Season 1. The show is still great fun. Highly recommended to all.

Definitely watch the miniseries first. It is excellent and is an essential part of the story line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Evertz on April 17, 2009
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The Starter Wife Season 1 was a hoot! Love Debra Messing and the way she interacts with other characters. I do wish all of the characters from the miniseries had returned as well.
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The Starter Wife had a 6 episode mini-series. This spun into a one-season TV show that was cancelled in Feb. 2009. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starter_Wife for more info. Hope this helps.
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