The Women (2008)
Director: Diane English
Writer: Diane English, and some other people....all women of course
Starring: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett- Smith, Candace Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Mazar, and Bette Midler to name a few
the journey two women make with friends and co-workers in tow. meg ryan finds out her husband is cheating on her (i'm starting to sense a pattern here with this chick) annette bening is an editor of a magazine who is clinging on to her career, even thought she is not young and fresh. and some other stuff too, i guess.
ok. look. i get it. we are an empowered sex. we do lots and lots and get no respect for it by most, even from other women, but here's the deal. finding yourself in your mid forties because you have left your cheating husband, and you are god awfully rich living in the disgustingly rich section of connecticut, and then by the end of the TWO hour, never ending movie you have reconsidered and begin dating your cheating husband again.....wait i forgot where i was going with this......oh yeah, is not the common woman's problem. i don't want to hear the whinings of the crusty wealthy women. i'm old. nobody respects all the hard work i've done. my wall street husband is cheating on me (duh. i don't think i've ever heard of a faithful wall street tycoon). look at all the work i have to do to maintain my youthful appearance, because men only respect young women. i'm so busy planning my lunch on my giant lawn with my silly housekeeper and foreign nanny. seriously. this is the first half of the movie.
this is my re enactment of the second hour. i'm old. i'm out of touch with young women. i'm going to start the career i've always wanted. it's a good thing my mother is also insanely wealthy, because she can just invest in my design company. but wait i'm still cool. look at what i've done. debra messing is in labor. i think i'll go back to my husband. baby. the end.
i am confused by the plot and general message of this movie. i don't identify with women who can shop regularly at saks. their plight does not concern me. if you try and make them pitiful. it only angers, and further alienates me. if this was a movie about women who were starting over and had nothing to fall back on. i.e. the sprawling mansion in connecticut, or the penthouse apartment in manhattan, i might have enjoyed this a little better. fat, middle aged, middle income women, who had to really sacrifice something to gain something. that's like 90% of us who would actually watch this movie. i think the message of the movie was do what you are passionate about? don't settle for less? you can be a successful, independant woman. but then meg ryan goes back to her husband. be strong, but go back to your man because, after all, you do love the asshole? what?
i did appreciate the only male, in the entire movie was the baby at the end, fresh from the vagina, so he was still worthy. but you can't spray paint a pile of poo gold, and trick me into liking it. this movie was incredibly stupid, and it's theme was lessened by the actual releasing of it.