The First Wives Club, starring Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler, was supposed to be a funny, vivacious comedy. Instead, it was almost an incessant bore with a bunch of giddy, frantic women. But, judging from my mother's reaction, women will like it more than men, especially married women.
With the cast that this movie has, acting is not a problem. Goldie Hawn plays a struggling actress who's denying her age by messing up her face with plastic surgery. Diane Keaton is a woman who's husband dumped her for her young therapist. And Bette Midler plays the wife of a millionairre who has found love with a much younger, much skinnier blonde.
Story isn't the problem, either. A good comedy could be derived from a bunch of middle-aged women trying to enact revenge on their cheating husbands. But there was something wrong: I just didn't laugh. I just didn't laugh. And I just couldn't relate.
My mom loved this movie. My mom's friends loved this movie. They thought it was hilarious. But I, being seventeen, a male, and obviously unmarried, could not relate to the movie. All but a few of the jokes made me laugh, although the Kathy Lee Gifford appearance was good. The constant assault of pointless bickering and nonstop nervousness became extremely annoying, and the whole movie seemed to be about three women running around and screaming. Still, they did some smart things to get back at their husbands.
The First Wives Club had three good actresses but was just unbelievably boring. Married woman almost certainly will relate, judging on experience, but for at least half of the movie audience, males: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. BORING. SLOW. ANNOYING. For females: Try it out.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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