The First Wives Club (1996)

HUGH WILSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1996.  

Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s possible that even devoted readers will still enjoy it. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are in peak form as three middle-aged women who are abandoned by their husbands (, ,  respectively) for women much younger than them (, , Marcia Gay Harden). Deciding not to take it lying down, they form a ‘first wives club’, hell bent on getting revenge on their useless men if it’s the last thing they do. The story bumbles around as they go on silly missions, sing a few songs and make way for a host of great cameos (the best being a beautiful Maggie Smith as a helpful social empress), but nothing can keep this movie from being totally entertaining. Beautifully costumed and scored, this film has attitude to spare!

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