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Monday, July 26, 2010

First Wives Club (1996)

Some inspired casting headed by three expert comediennes make this contemporary screwball comedy a pleasure to sit through. After the suicide of a college girlfriend (Stockard Channing), three school chums (Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton) reunite at the funeral. They find the one thing they have in common is that their husbands have all left them for younger women. Then their “get even” plan against their exes snowballs into something more important. While the material is fairly well written, what elevates above a decent sitcom episode is the crack comedic timing of Midler, Hawn and Keaton and luckily, they have a terrific chemistry and play off each other impeccably. Great fun. The huge cast includes Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Heckart, Stephen Collins, Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, James Naughton, Heather Locklear, Elizabeth Berkley, Rob Reiner, Bronson Pinchot, Timothy Olyphant, Debra Monk and Philip Bosco.

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