After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three wives have been dumped for newer, curvier models. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts - in the wallet! Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all. Justice has seldom been so sweet. Or so much fun.
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This review is from: The First Wives Club (DVD) I have always enjoyed watching Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler & Diane Keaton.For my favorite actresses to be altogether at one time is Great.I Thank God that Amazon was able to find me a copy. And then the company that I bought the movie from to deliver it with such speed.Thank you again!
This is one comedy team that really delivers a stellar performance that will have its audiences laughing until they see stars. The premise of three jilted ex-wives getting back at their scum-bag husbands is quite an example of amazing writing, and the casting of Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn is nothing short of brilliant. The subtle comments, the actions taken by the women, and the results of their shenanigans tickle the hearts of everyone touched by this wonderful film. I hope that everyone will have the chance to watch this movie, and that they find that it is a funny as it is realistic.
First Wive's Club (1996) Dir: Hugh WilsonCo-starring with heavy-hitters Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler, Keaton playsone of three recently divorced women who make a pact to get back at theirgood for nothing, skirt chasing, cradle robbing ex-hubbies. As expected,it's pretty lightweight stuff and instantly forgettable after viewing. Stillit was a surprise hit. And a fairly big hit at that. Big enough for allthree stars to be seen later crowing rather loudly as to how a major motionpicture could be "carried" by female leads and mint a pretty penny. However,as for Keaton's role in the film, hers is the weakest link in the chain. Hawn surprisingly steals the show. As a sexpot blonde who doesn't want tolet her looks go and makes a habit of cosmetic surgery, she makes Midler'sstandard over-the-top performances seem subdued by comparison. Confessiontime- I actually liked the first half of the movie but the second half foundthe plot with nowhere to go but down, down, down.
Pretty watchable chick flick starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and DianeKeaton. Outcome is predictable, so are the laughs - but it's what Iexpected, anyway. Overall a pretty fun-to-watch flick that is shallow as itis watchable.3/5 stars -John Ulmer
This was an amazing movie! Goldie Hawn is great actress and Milder and Keaton are amazing too. The movie is very funny and all people I know loved it! A+!
i think that this movie is definitely a movie that all us ladies out therewill appreciate and agree with. I'm sorry but men ditch women all too oftento go and date other younger women. this movie is a light, humorous waythat3 ladies deal with there pent up anger and jealousy toward theirex-husbandsand their mistresses. i enjoyed this movie greatly and as long as you haveasense of humor you will too!
Maybe it's because I read the book first. I loved the story so much that I couldn't wait to see what the movie was going to be like. Then when I heard about Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn being cast in the leads, I thought that was perfect. Then I saw the movie.The story from the novel was almost completely destroyed. Distorted beyond recognition, the story went from a witty tale of the elegant and well-deserved revenge that the First Wives take on their husbands (who, by the way, were scumbags for more reasons than just leaving them), to a schmaltzy sobfest, over loaded with soft soap, tears, and reconciliation.HELLO?! In the book, THE POINT WAS NOT FOR THE WOMEN TO GET THEIR HUSBANDS BACK!I also didn't appreciate the fact that the movie chose to ignore several secondary but important aspects in the character's lives. No mention is made of Annie's mentally handicapped daughter; instead her son and daughter are merged into one character. We don't hear about the death of Elise's mother and the effect that had on her life. And Brenda's coming out as a lesbian, which is supported by both Annie and Elise, is also not a part of the movie. All of these influences in the novel help to shape the characters and are a big part of their lives. Annie's husband squanders the trust fund she establishes for her daughter, and it provides the deepest motivation for her to join in the revenge plot. Elise blossoms as she breaks her mother's rules of never loving someone younger and poorer than you, and Brenda faces who she truly is. These subplots give all 3 characters depth.In the movie, of course, all this is ignored. Oh, they tried to make it a lighthearted comedy, and there are some truly funny moments, and Midler, Keaton, and Hawn are all excellent in their roles, but the novel is not a comedy. What happened to these women when their husbands left them is not a comedy, although the way they dealt with it in the novel had wit, style, and lots of chutzpah. I don't know, maybe Hollywood was too chicken to show three women meting out financial and social justice to the husbands that left them for newer models...after all, I bet there are *lots* of First wives in Hollywood.If you loved the book, DON'T see the movie.
Before I saw this film I thought, from the title, it was about the wives offormer presidents ("First Wives"!). It is about several divorced women whohad been first wives, and were dumped for younger women. Character-wise, itis easy to see why they were dumped!! So they get "even", each findingthings about their "ex" that would be devastating if exposed - income taxproblems, sex with a 16-yr-old, those sorts of things. Through a convolutedscenario they take their ex's possessions, auction it off, raise lots ofmoney, and end up taking over their various ex's businesses, and forming the"first wives club" and a center for abused women. In the process they allchange from the very flawed people they were, to "model" business people. Cute concept, fairly trite, not executed very well. I ended up without muchsympathy for any of the characters.Acting talents of Goldie Hawn, Bette Middler, Diane Keaton, and StockardChanning, whose character jumps to her death off her patio when her husbandbecomes her ex in the first scene, were wasted on this film. I even liked"Death Becomes Her" and "She Wolf" more, and those were pretty'campy'.
I never read the book, but my husband did, and he said the women in themovie were kinder than they were in the book... which I find hard tobelieve! These 3 women find themselves middle aged and in the middle ofhuge life changes, all brought about by the desertions and betrayals ofthe men they'd devoted their younger years to. They all sort of fallapart, but pull themselves together through friendship - and anew-found purpose. Their new purpose in life? To destroy the men whobetrayed them. It's a very funny movie, not surprising, considering theall-star cast. They do an admirable job, not only of exacting revenge,but of rediscovering their friendships, and discovering exactly howstrong they really are. I really enjoyed this movie, and so did myhusband.
This review is from: The First Wives Club (DVD) I love this movie. Great story, great cast. It's heartbreaking, it's really funny, and the music is good, too.
This review is from: The First Wives Club (Amazon Instant Video) I absolutely love this movie. My daughter wanted to see it so I bought this copy. It is one of those movies I can watch over and over again. Strong woman characters in this movie. I love it!
This review is from: The First Wives Club (DVD) Overall this is a fun movie, would not recommend it to the newly divorced, unless the divorce was your idea. However, there is a lot of hope embedded in the movie as well as female empowerment. Not crazy about the revenge attitude, however, love the line by Ivana Trump, success is the best revenge. Not a good movie for Stockard Channing fans, she only has a very small part at the beginning of the movie and is basically just a catalist to get the three main characters together. Good movie, fun and enjoyable, but again not for the newly divorced.
Some people will find this shallow. Some will think it's too easy on men because one marriage was reconciled. Others will think it was too hard on men. I, for one, never figured out what they were going to do at the center for women that they built, so that "no woman will ever have to go through this again." But it's not a how-to manual or a children's movie, and it wasn't written by activists (thank goodness). It was funny and poignant and a great evenings entertainment! Besides I like most anything Bette is in.
If you watch "The First Wives Club" because you need a good laugh,perhaps you should try another film. Yes, it clearly has some funnymoments but it also is filled with dark ones--and a message youwouldn't expect to find in a simple comedy. You KNOW it's going to be adark film at the beginning, as a lady whose husband has left her takesher own life. This horrible event brings some of her old friends to thefuneral--and there they compare notes and see that they, too, were usedand cast aside by their husbands--husbands who have no replaced themwith trophy wives. So, the three friends (Bette Midler, Diane Keatonand Goldie Hawn) concoct a plan--a plan that involves fleecing theirunfaithful ex-husbands and creating a club for wives going through thesame sort of situations they have.As I said, there are some dark moments and some funny ones. But thefilm never falls to the level of slapstick or becomes mostlycomedy--but a mix. Some may not like this and the film is a bitheavy-handed at times, but the overall film is well worth seeing andhas a decent feminist message. Worth seeing.
This review is from: The First Wives Club (DVD) The First Wives Club is a good DVD to watch. Every one should order it to watch with friends and family.
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!
This review is from: The First Wives Club (DVD) WELL I MUST SAY THAT I REALLY ENJOYED THIS MOVIE, I SAW IT AWHILE BACK ON TV AND I SAID THAT THE NEXT TIME IT HIT DVD I WILL BUY IT . I LIKE ALL THE ROLES THE WOMEN PLAYED . IN EACH PERSON CHARACTER OR SITUATION I CAN RELATE A LITTLE . WE ALL TRIED TO GIVE THAT MAN OF OURS ANOTHER CHANCE OR TRY TO BE THERE FOR HIM , BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT THEY DID NOT APPRECIATE US AT ALL .THEY TOOK OUR NICENESS FOR WEAKNESS BUT SOONER OR LATER ITS TIME TO PAY BACK ..LOL NOT WITH ABUSE OR BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE BUT GET THEM BACK IN AWAY THAT THEY CAN NOT EVEN SEE IT COMING . THIS MOVIES IS FUNNY ,SAD , JOYFUL .I WILL RECCOMMEND EVERYONE TO SEE THIS DVD
My friend showed this movie to me aout 2 years ago. I had forgotten all about it, and then it was on TV, so I watched it. I haven't seen too many movies by any of the stars, but as a kid stuck in an era of crappy plot-less movies, I can say that this is one of my favorite movies. Heck, there're so many good lines to quote!
Well whoever came up with this idea needs a good pat on the back! Hilariously funny with classic comediennes Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton all starring as wives who have been dumped for younger models. The whole film focuses on their united actions against their ex-husbands and results in one of the greatest films ever. Goldie Hawn is outstanding as ever and Bette Midler is hilarious. The comedy in this is so light-hearted that it is great enjoyment for everyone. Watch for cameos from Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) and Elizabeth Berkeley (Saved By The Bell). Great motto too- Don't get mad... get everything!!!
I'd like to say I find this movie a major disappointment because I read thebook first...but I didn't. No, the movie disappointed me all on its veryown, which is SUCH A SHAME because its three leads are a gay man's DREAMTEAM! Hawn, Midler and Keaton work seamlessly together, and appear to behaving just so much fun, that they, through sheer force of will, make thismovie work to whatever extent that it DOES work. The film had EVERYTHINGgoing for it...and yet it remains a 'should-have-been'. It SHOULD HAVE BEENterrific, a modern-day classic, and there are millions out there for whom itis exactly that: classic. I wish I could be among them because I SO WANTEDTO LOVE THIS MOVIE. As mentioned, the three leads are magnificent, each in arole that plays on their strengths, perhaps even their stereotypes; however,the screenplay seems almost to be a mishmash, and one needn't have read thebook to feel that whole scenes and entire subplots were or may have beenjettisoned after being filmed, giving the film a sometimes-jarring, slightlyunfinished edge. Sarah Jessica Parker and Marcia Gay Harden, just to name acouple of performers, especially seem to have suffered at the editor'shands. The screenplay is just as much to blame as the editing, veeringdangerously into cartoon territory: at times, the husbands, mistresses andchildren seem to have arrived straight out of some Hanna-Barbera creation,and they aren't helped any by supporting performances that can onlycharitably be called overdone: Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, Elizabeth Berkley(here exhibiting the same level of "fine" acting that garnered her a Razziefor "Showgirls"). I suppose what bothers me most is that this film veryearly on loses touch with what's real, settling instead for cheap yuks andeasy potshots, and is also full of horses**t: the whole "it's not revenge,it's justice" thing just smells of PC, new-age, girl-power pap. You know...ISTILL cannot QUITE put my finger on exactly what is wrong with this movie,but I CAN tell you this: watch the movie, then read the book. Everythingthat works in the book suddenly makes clear what is missing from the film,and maybe what that thing is is its heart, its soul. What ashame.