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The Women (2 stars)

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(12A) 90min

Depressing update of Clare Booth Luce’s 1936 satirical play set amid the idle and bitchy world of wealthy wives and divorcees. Immensely popular in its day (it ran on Broadway for over a year) and most famously adapted by Anita Loos for George Cukor’s wonderful 1939 film, this version of The Women updates the action for a new cast of bitchy madams including Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Eva Mendes. US TV writer Diane English adapts and directs with little feeling for the sacred text she is dealing with. Some adequate performances, nice costumes and a few decent one-liners aside, this begs the inevitable question: why?

General release from Fri 12 Sep.

The Women

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Diane English
  • Written by: Diane English
  • Cast: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Debi Mazar, Keegan Connor Tracy, Ana Gasteyer, Joanna Gleason

Depressing update of Clare Booth Luce's 1936 satirical play set in the idle and bitchy world of wealthy wives and divorcees. US TV writer Diane English adapts and directs with little feeling for the sacred text she is dealing with. Some adequate performances, nice costumes and a few decent one-liners aside this prompts…

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