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Awesome: 17.95%
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Average: 10.26%
Pretty Bad: 10.26%
Total Crap: 28.21%

2 reviews, 27 user ratings

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by spork-girl

"Excuse the feminist propaganda that follows."
4 stars

This is not a man-hating movie. It's a jerk-hating movie. And if you can't distinguish, then you're a jerk. Also, I frankly take offense to anyone protesting. For every 80 movies Hollywood churns out where women are objectified, degraded, or simply a male fantasy, there is *maybe* one where the tables are turned.

All the guys in this movie are scum and get what they deserve. Note I said "guys". There are "men" in this movie too. Like Midler's uncle. He's cool. He's a man. And there are some pretty disgusting women presented in this movie. I mean, Sarah Jessica Parker criticizes the group as "a bunch of battered women at a buffet."

So anyways, this *IS* a chick flick. "Guys" will not like it. They don't like the idea of their male-dominated world being threatened. If you see this movie with a guy like that, I suggest you re-think your choices. If you're a woman and you don't like it, I suggest you think hard about why you dislike the idea of equality among the sexes.

I'm off track. Excuse me a moment while I shut the feminist in me up.

OK, back to the movie. A summary: A woman commits suicide because her husband has a tabloid-headlining affair. Before doing so, she writes to her three best friends from college. Her death brings them together just as each of them are being betrayed by the men in their lives. One is a neurotic, bookish mom. One, a Hollywood star. One, a loudmouthed housewife. They decide to get revenge on their respective mates. After this goes quite swimmingly for some time, it is however, evil, petty and stupid. After realizing the errors of their ways, they decide to do the noble thing and concentrate on helping other women like themselves.

I found this movie to be quite funny. It's established as absurd, so anything goes, and does, and it's silly and lovely. Midler especailly is good, and normally she annoys the piss out of me. Keaton really delivers. Her gay daughter kicks total ass. Hawn actually doesn't piss me off - quite an accomplishment for her. The writing is fine for this genre, silly, predictable, nothing special. Direction is straightforward and gets the job done. Costuming and set design are stunning.

In short, this movie is great for a ladies night. It's also a good test for the man in your life. And I thought it was a well done piece. Don't you oppress me, jerk. 4 sporks.

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User Comments

2/02/19 Suzanne Makes me laugh every time 4 stars
12/29/17 morris campbell AWFUL MAN HATING CRAP 1 stars
9/16/11 Jeff Wilder Funny premise that goes off track. 9 To 5 is a far better anti-sexist jerk movie. 2 stars
7/12/09 the dork knight Funny at first, but gets shrill at the end. Also, all three women are rich white morons. 3 stars
2/03/07 David Cohen Can;t spend their husbands' money anymore, so they seek revenge, yeah, where's the sequel? 1 stars
5/23/06 lisadlamm This is a great film! Midler is especially brilliant as Brenda, the long suffering wife .q 5 stars
2/17/05 Daveman For anyone who likes their entertainment camp, this is a godsend. 3 stars
9/14/04 twinki 54 wonderful best ever of bette midler 5 stars
3/17/04 Samantha i loved this movie i thought it was really good 5 stars
1/23/04 Bobbi Main point-The women learn they have to take responsibility for their own happiness 4 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum If women find this empowering, they deserve their miserable marriages 1 stars
12/20/01 Andrew Carden Unfunny, Unimaginative, and Boring Chick Flick. 1 stars
11/29/01 Amy Made me feel good. 4 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean Silly shit, it had it's powerful moments. Hawn saved it. 3 stars
8/29/01 Sarah It bit disappointed since there was hype about it, but its good the first watch 4 stars
8/16/01 Zwe me - it's funny 5 stars
6/14/01 Gary Nothing special, but Hawn keeps things funny enough. Parker was OK too. 2 stars
4/25/01 Michelle i love bette midler and you are fucking stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/18/01 Kaya its a laugh - a good one talk about girl power! he he he 5 stars
2/22/00 Bozo ALMOST awesome; great scene between the Great Maggie Smith & S.J. Parker 4 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski I'll probably be there someday, myself...I need to be prepared. :-) 5 stars
12/10/99 P a non-offending, charming comedy 4 stars
3/18/99 AMANDA Pretty good... 4 stars
11/26/98 Mr.Pink Jokes not funny enough and the cast is almost wasted. 2 stars
9/28/98 Heather Holder Cute. I could watch it again and still laugh. Goldie Hawn was great! 3 stars
9/28/98 katherine who wants 2 see a bunch of wives bitching about their stinky lives? not me. 2 stars
9/25/98 angevines kathy lee gifford obviously doesn't know the meaning of the word "irony." 1 stars
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