#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Based on a very clever comedy by Claire Booth, wife of Time Publisher Henry Luce and later Ambassador to Italy. One of the surprises was an all-woman cast, novel in the 1930’s. And although there were no men in the cast, most of the dialog was about them. The story is rather thin and depended on the fact that divorce, in the 1930’s, was not only difficult but almost impossible in New York. Mrs. Stephen Haynes learns that her husband is seeing a salesgirl at Saks, and reluctantly divorces him, abetted by her friends, all of whom have romantic problems of their own. In the 1930’s New York women who could afford it went to Nevada, where residency could be established quickly and divorce was relatively easy. The 1939 film, starring Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford, was a hit. This one, with an even better looking cast, is definitely not, largely because someone tried to move a 1930’s situation comedy into the present.
Plot: The story centers on a group of gossipy, high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily-wedded Mary Haines finds her marriage in trouble when shop girl Crystal Allen gets her hooks into Mary’s man.
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No lessons learned
As a Spanish tourist in Los Angeles and a fanatic movie lover I committed a terrible mistake. I went to see “The Women” The remake of one of my all time favorites. I’ve seen the original many many times, in fact I own it. My rushing to see the remake was based on Diane English, the woman responsible for “Murphy Brown” My though was: how bad can it be? She must know what she’s doing. Well, I don’t know what to say. I don’t understand what happened. The Botoxed women is a rather depressing affair. Meg Ryan or whoever played Mary – she looked a bit like a grotesque version of Meg Ryan…another actress perhaps wearing a Meg Ryan mask – she doesn’t bring to the character nothing of what Norma Shearer did in 1939. The new one is a tired, unconvincing prototype of what has become a farce within a farce. The “friends” Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinket Smith are as disconnected as anything I’ve ever seen and if this wasn’t enough: Eva Mendes as Crystal, the character created by Joan Crawford in one of her best and funniest performances. Eva Mendes’s casting is really the poster sign for how wrong, how ill conceived this commercial attempt turned up. I didn’t give it a 1 out respect for Candice Bergen and Cloris Leachman
The BEST version of this story ever filmed
Like a lot of people familiar with some of the reviews, I had prepared myself for a flat remake full of catty women priding themselves on being put down artists. I didn’t plan to see this movie. It was almost by default that I did. In fact, if it hadn’t been playing around the corner at a second run movie theater (and at discount prices) I wouldn’t have seen it. After all, I’m not a particular fan of anyone in the cast. Like a lot of people I thought, what are all these rich actresses doing remaking this dated story? I’m not a big fan of the original 1939 Cukor version either. Yeah, the comedy plays well on screen but in reality, no friendship could survive the way those women treated each another. The June Allison musical remake of the 50’s is as gaudy and depressing as any movie ever made, so going in I already had a bias against this type of thing. LET IT BE KNOWN, no matter what you’ve heard about THE WOMEN 2008, it is DEFINITELY the best version of this story ever film.
I think the people disappointed in this new version are the ones hoping to see these characters as they were portrayed in the original. Women backstabbing, cat fighting and sabotaging each other while exchanging quick catty put down lines. Director Diane English has not remade THE WOMEN of 1939, she has re-imagined the material into a film that actually MEANS something. A transformation of the old material that is full of new characters that, for the most part, are every bit as memorable as the ones in the 1939 version. The only similarity they have with the original are the names. This movie surprised me.
If any story needed to be “re-imagined” for a present day audience, it’s this one. I’ve never been a fan of Meg Ryan and I’m not a charitable audience in any movie, but Ryan completely won me over by the end of this film. These actresses know they’re contending with a 1939 classic, but under the direction of English, they follow their own instincts and in doing so have redefined the characters and made them memorable and touching on their own. It’s refreshing to see women on the screen presented this way. Grappling with decisions that will affect their lives, their families, their careers, their friendships and most importantly, their consciousness. Also refreshing is how English doesn’t pander down to her audience. She gives us material that we have to rise up to. The characters are given decisions that we as an audience wonder what we would do in that situation. As a director, her pacing and edits are quick and assured. She knows the material and knows how she wants to present it.
What elevates this film above the 1939 and 1956 versions are the ideas presented in it. The nasty cattiness between the women has been replaced with more thought provoking ideas. Only the manicurist, played by Debi Mazar stays true to the 1939 character. The rest of the cast are basically new characters with the same names. Eva Mendes is a knock out and not as hateful as the Joan Crawford characterization.
Without question, the real surprise of this film is Annette Bening. English gives everyone a chance to shine in this film, but it is Annette Bening’s character that gives the film it’s center. If you’re looking for a Rosaline Russell interpretation you’re going to be disappointed. This is a new character and Bening makes her every bit as interesting and memorable as Russell made hers, only in a different way. I liked the way her character comes clean with Meg Ryan at the table about selling her out. I also liked the scene between Bening and her best friends daughter on the park bench. Equally as wonderful are the scenes of Bening pushing her ideas for the magazine on her reluctant associates and eventually selling her ideas out in order to save her job. I also thought it was smart on the part of English not to have a physical cat fight between these ladies. English winks at her audience by having Bening toss a banana at Meg Ryan and hitting her on the head, but only as a way of getting her attention. I also disagree the the criticisms of the way Bening looks in this film. She is nothing short of beautiful. Also wonderful is the casting of Candice Bergen as Meg Ryan’s mother. The chemistry they display here seems an interesting extension of the mother and daughter roles they played in 1981’s RICH AND FAMOUS. Jada Pinkett Smith is very likable and Carrie Fisher is memorable in her one scene. I could have done without the final baby sequence at the end of the picture and I had problems with the casting of Bette Midler. In all fairness, the audience in the screening I saw this movie in loved that baby delivery sequence, but I’m a guy and it kind of grossed me out. Bette Midler has become one of those actresses that thinks she can do no wrong in a movie, but whether it’s the part as written or her acting, I was uncomfortable watching her. Her delivery of the “lamour, l’amour” line lands with a thud if you’re familiar with the ’39 original.
OK, so this film did not fair well at the box office, but look for it to strike a cord and become popular on television. The message of this movie being that one does not need to be in a relationship to feel complete. You can be complete on your own, whether you’re a man or a woman.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Diane English
Writer Diane English (screenplay), Clare Boothe Luce (play), Anita Loos, Jane Murfin
Actors Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing
Awards 4 wins & 4 nominations.
Production Company Jagged Films, Inferno Distribution, Shukovsky English
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (also prints), EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length 3,151 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm