Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton prove that revenge is a dish best served cold. Former college buddies, they reunite at the funeral of a dear friend who took a swan dive onto Fifth Avenue. All three discover the... more »y share the same unhappy history of husbands who dove into middle-age by dumping them for trophy wives. Forming a warring triumvirate, they decide to get even, and along the way remind themselves of long-forgotten capabilities. The action gets a little too "wacky" at times, but the gals are great. Portraying an aging actress, Hawn is sometimes a little too flamboyant, but there is much fun to be had in her flashiness, especially when she pokes fun at Tinseltown and her persona. Instead of her usual brashness, Midler stretches herself and shows us a woman who is not just unhappy, but also deeply sorrowful. Not that she isn't quick with a wisecrack, but her expressive face alone tells the story of her marriage. As the repressed and guilt-ridden spouse of a self- involved ad executive, Keaton finds her anger, and her voice, when her psychiatrist (Marcia Gay Harden) oversteps ethical boundaries. Watching Keaton grow from an ineffectual homemaker into a powerful businessperson reminds us that it has been far too long since she has done a comedy. Director Hugh Wilson smartly chose supporting players who each brought something unique to the film. However, he does not maintain the first hour's effervescent humor throughout the film, as the ending is weakened by a softening of the wives' resolve. --Rochelle O'Gorman« less
Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL Reviewed on 2/14/2022...
First good, funny movie about divorce (and a little revenge) with an all-star female cast. Lots of laughs and a few cries.
David B. (EyesMalloy) Reviewed on 9/6/2015...
If I could rate this movie any lower, believe me I would. This is nothing more than an exercise in male-bashing. It's basically Coyote Ugly for the older crowd. Seriously, guys. Don't let your girl talk you into seeing this one. There are plenty of watchable chick flicks out there, chick flicks that don't so blatantly add to the ongoing degradation and vilification of the American male.
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Kelly M. from PITTSBURGH, PA Reviewed on 11/4/2014...
Classic movie! The chemistry between the three leading ladies is really truly hilarious and heartfelt. So many recognizable faces in the supporting cast. I could watch this movie over and over again, it never gets old.
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Ivy J. (bookbean) Reviewed on 8/18/2012...
This is one of my favorite movies. GREAT performances by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Sara Jessica Parker. One of the funniest movies ever in my opinion. LOVE it!
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lorilea G. (lorilea) from FREDERICKSBRG, VA Reviewed on 8/4/2012...
I love this movie. What a cast! I dont know whos cuter, Diane Keaton or Goldie Hawn, but theyre all great (including Bette Midler). Great movie, definitely recommended. Absolutely love the ending. "You Dont Own Meee"
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Matti S. from OTTUMWA, IA Reviewed on 1/6/2012...
This is a great comedy.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Cheryl T. from PORT ST LUCIE, FL Reviewed on 4/9/2011...
Great Cast, funny
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Every "First Wife" should see it
C. Garrison | Boondocks, PA | 03/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love the movie. These girls have the right attitude...Revenge is the best medicine!"