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The First Wives Club

4.6 out of 5 stars 591 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Directors: Hugh Wilson
  • Writers: Olivia Goldsmith, Robert Harling
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Craig Perry, Ezra Swerdlow, Heather McQuarrie, Noah Ackerman
  • Format: Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: Hungarian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Czech (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish
  • Dubbed: Czech, Hungarian
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (591 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WCMU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The First Wives Club" on IMDb

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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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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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I just got done reading all the 1 star reviews and am amused by how outraged people are by the lack of respect to men in this movie. I have a few things to say: 1. This is a movie, not a reality show. 2. Not only is it a movie, it's a comedy. 3. Also, it's a chick flick. I'm sure there are other chick flicks that bash men. I'm not saying that's right, but let's not get started on how many movies disgrace women. I never read the book, but I'm pretty sure there was a bit more detail in the book about how scumbag-ish the husbands were. Of course a woman in her right mind would not seek revenge to the extent these women did if "their husbands just left them for another woman." The guys were...scumbags.

Come on people. It's a movie...do you take Dumb and Dumber serious?

This was a good clean movie. No explicit language, no nudity, and no sexual content. It was just cute. If you're looking for a movie to straighten your moral compass, this one isn't for you. If you're just looking for good, clean, good humored entertainment, this is a good choice. Plus, this is where Jennifer Lawrence got her Golden Globe quote, "It says, I beat Meryl!"

Gosh I wish people would lighten up and laugh every once in a bit.
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