The Women is an updated remake of the 1939 classic of the same name. It sports an all female cast, and there is not one drop of testosterone in the whole movie except for the birth of a baby boy (and that may have been a baby girl standing in for the part!).
I loved the original movie and so I was a bit skeptical with this new version when I walked into the theater. I know now that my skepticism was unfounded. This 21st century version is an absolute delight!
It stands on its own as one of the best comedies of the year! The story and the characters have been updated from 1939 so it is really it has its own unique flavor. The star studded ensemble cast includes such luminaries as Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candace Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Eva Mendes, Bette Midler and Carrie Fisher.
Ryan, Benning, Messing, Pinkett-Smith play well together as friends in high society New York dealing with the affair of Ryan’s character’s husband’s affair with a Saks 5th Avenue Perfume counter sales girl played by Eva Mendes. They struggle through all kinds of themes from career challenges to betrayal. All bring on strong performances to their roles. Benning is a stand out in the role of Sylvie whose comedic and dramatic timing brings empathy to a character that in some ways may not deserve it.
Candace Bergen and Cloris Leachman are given the best punch lines in the movie. These ladies deliver it with gusto with Bergen as the mother of Ryan’s character Mary. Leachman plays the housekeeper.
For straight guys who will dismiss this movie as a flick that only the ladies and the gays would like, you need to think again. First of all, this movie brings to light how the female species think and act when you are not around. Second, there’s Eva Mendes. Even more, Eva Mendes in hot sexy lingerie. Enough said.
Plus, the comedy is absolutely on point. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Debra Messing’s character is giving birth. I could not stop laughing through that all scene at her, Pinkett-Smith, Ryan and Benning.
Kudos to the filmmakers for bringing an intelligent, funny, updated woman affirming, human affirming film back into big screen! Go see The Women.
The Women web site: http://thewomenthemovie.com/index.html