Monday, September 29, 2008
MUST SEE for women: (Diane English) Pour Hollywood's favorite sweethearts into a 1930s classic, don't allow any men on the bill, make it about the best and worst qualities in females and you've got the recipe for The Women, one of the most enjoyable, light-hearted, yet emotional films that anyone with a va-jay-jay will appreciate. Aside from loving to laugh and cry, women love to watch train wrecks, see imperfection in action and soak up good clothes. English brings back the success from 1930s original and packages it into a 2008 version of why we love being women. What began over a decade ago as a vision between Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts has twisted and turned to 2008, leaving Ryan as the lead, Roberts passing completely, and Eva Mendes, Annette Benning, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith rounding out a fun, feisty and all-together charming star bill. Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman and Candice Bergen are icing on the cake of estrogen and provide perfect comic relief for a movie of genuine real-life emotion. We see betrayal, friendship, success and failure, divorce and new love all sprouting, growing and dying in just under two hours. Like all good chick-flicks, The Women is a a roller-coaster of feelings, capped by humor and tears, but leaving you happy and satisfied, AND encouraged that mood swings and temper-tantrums are all just part of being a girl.