Update and opening-up of the old Clare Boothe Luce play, memorably put on screen by George Cukor in 1939 (unmemorably by David Miller in 1956), still an all-female cast despite countless scenes in the street, in a department store, in a restaurant, in a hospital — it gets a bit ridiculous. The luster, even overlooking the wan photography, is lacking. Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Eva Mendes (the first two hog most of the screen time) hardly match the incandescence of Joan Crawford alone, never mind the added lumens of Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, and Paulette Goddard. And the checklist of feminist talking points gives it a rather grim and driven agenda. Where went the humor? Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher; written and directed by Diane English. 2008.

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— Duncan Shepherd

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Gian Ghio Sept. 14, 2008 @ 10:42 p.m.

This was easily the most boring, un-original movie I have seen in quite some time. I'll sum it up real quick for you: Woman has husband. Husband has affair with another woman. Woman gets mad and wants a divorce. Woman forgives man and they live happily ever after.

How many times is Hollywood going to put out the same story over and over and over again? Even then, at least they could try to make it original. There was nothing funny, exciting, or remotely interesting about this movie. The only caveat this movie had was that it had an entirely female cast...the first time I can recall seeing this before. I kept scouring the background for male extras but could not find a single one. The one plus that this movie had going for it was its great ensemble cast of Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Eva Mendez, and Bette Midler. You would think that with all these great actresses that they would somehow salvage such a boring story and shoddy directing right? Right?....Wrong. The lone star was probably Benning although her performance was mediocre at best. The only laugh I got out of this movie was in the final childbirth seen with Debra Messing channeling some of her Grace character from the days of Will and Grace. When all else fails, throw in a childbirth scene for some easy laughs....like I have never seen this before in any other movie.

My advice, don't waste your time. Unless of course you like watching women sit around and complain about their relationships. There is nothing empowering about this movie for women. In the end, the message is that it is OK for someone to cheat on their spouse. What kind of moral is that for story?

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bradleyk Sept. 26, 2008 @ 1:40 p.m.

I must say I was skeptical at first as the reviews were mixed at best. I love the actresses so I decided to spend my hard earned money. Annette Bening was awesome and I found myself laughing out loud. Alot of the movie was about rich women shopping and getting a manicure at whim. But I liked the story as it was uplifting and mostly about friendships good or bad. As a female I think all women young and old should see this movie and decide for themselves. The final scenes were true to life, very funny and I felt good as I left the theater.

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