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The Women
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01.20.2009 By: Jason Adams
The Women order
Director:
Diane English

Actors:
Meg Ryan
Annette Bening
Eva Mendes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Estrogen.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You’d think for a movie written and directed by a woman and starring an all female cast, THE WOMEN might be able to better avoid horrible female stereotypes and broad generalizations about the gender. Are they suggesting these are stereotypes because they’re true?

And when I say all female, I mean it. There’s not a man in sight for the entire two hours. (It’s like the polar opposite of RESERVOIR DOGS.) The ensemble cast is impressive on paper, with a post-Botox Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as “classic” stars like Candice Bergen, Bette Midler (who sticks out like a sore, random, screeching thumb), and Cloris Leachman, who is a joy to watch and gives maybe the only likeable performance in the movie.

There are maybe a few moments of insight and authenticity in the film, but they’re overpowered by others of plain maudlin cheesiness and stale performances. The story is spread thin over subjects we’ve seen before (a cheating husband, women navigating the corporate ladder) and a double whammy of the characters not being too likable and the acting being standard, except in the case of Bening, who is just plain bad. The filmmakers don’t help; turning in one of the most boringly directed movies I can remember seeing. And considering the strong message of creative independence and bucking the norm, the constant product placement by Dove is hilariously ironic.

In conclusion, THE WOMEN is one letter away from THE OMEN, a movie about the spawn of Satan. Coincidence?
THE EXTRAS
The Women, The Legacy (18:45): A history of the original 1930s play and film THE WOMEN, and a comparison to it’s contemporary counterpart.

The Women Behind The Women (10:00): A teen girl from Minnesota interviews the cast and crew. A cute idea on paper, but it comes off amateur and annoying.

Additional Scenes (6:24): More Eva Mendes and more Bette Midler. The definition of give and take.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Even if you have a vagina, you will not like this. My girlfriend can vouch for that.

Extra Tidbit: This remake has been in the works since 1994, when Julia Roberts was originally supposed to star with Meg Ryan.
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