The Women

September 12th, 2008


The Women

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A wealthy New Yorker leaves her cheating husband and bonds with other society women at a resort.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 4.8/10 (9,750 voted)

Critic's Score: 27/100

Director: Diane English

Stars: Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening

Based on a very clever comedy by Claire Booth, wife of Time Publisher Henry Luce and later Ambassador to Italy. One of the surprises was an all-woman cast, novel in the 1930's. And although there were no men in the cast, most of the dialog was about them. The story is rather thin and depended on the fact that divorce, in the 1930's, was not only difficult but almost impossible in New York. Mrs. Stephen Haynes learns that her husband is seeing a salesgirl at Saks, and reluctantly divorces him, abetted by her friends, all of whom have romantic problems of their own. In the 1930's New York women who could afford it went to Nevada, where residency could be established quickly and divorce was relatively easy. The 1939 film, starring Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford, was a hit. This one, with an even better looking cast, is definitely not, largely because someone tried to move a 1930's situation comedy into the present.

Writers: Diane English, Clare Boothe Luce

Meg Ryan - Mary Haines
Annette Bening - Sylvie Fowler
Eva Mendes - Crystal Allen
Debra Messing - Edie Cohen
Jada Pinkett Smith - Alex Fisher
Bette Midler - Leah Miller
Candice Bergen - Catherine Frazier
Carrie Fisher - Bailey Smith
Cloris Leachman - Maggie
Debi Mazar - Tanya
India Ennenga - Molly Haines
Jill Flint - Annie
Ana Gasteyer - Pat
Joanna Gleason - Barbara
Tilly Scott Pedersen - Uta

Taglines: Get your friends together and celebrate "The Women".


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 12 September 2008

Filming Locations: Bosse Sports - 141 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,115,121 (USA) (14 September 2008) (2962 Screens)

Gross: $48,744,911 (Worldwide) (8 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The original Broadway production opened on 7 September 1937 and had 666 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York.

Continuity: In the tampon-burning scene, Mary's hair goes behind her right ear and back over the right side of her face several times without her touching it.

Catherine Frazier: Don't be bitter. It leads to Botox.

User Review

Badly Lit Women And Other Problems

Rating: 4/10

Insane really. Even if you haven't seen the original George Cukor movie with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine and a cast of a thousand other stars you may dismiss this forced, politically correct, depressing comedy. Depressing for many different reasons. Meg Ryan for one. What has she done to herself? Her face can hardly move. That alone puts her miles away from Norma Shearer. Annette Bening should be suing the DP and Debra Messing, what the hell was she doing here? Actresses with no connection in the public's subconscious trying to pass for friends, totally unconvincingly. Eva Mendes in the Joan Crawford part is an outrageous piece of miscasting. What a terrible idea! Her character is like a trans-gender performer without any taste or subtlety. Bizarre to think that a woman adapted and directed this women.The only positive things I can mention are a short but very funny appearance by Bette Midler and Cloris Leachman as the housekeeper.


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