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Movie Discussion Group verdict: THE WOMEN (Dendy, Manuka, Belconnen, Woden) ****

By Movie_Group - 31 October 2008 0

(From dendy.com.au):

    The Women tells the story of Mary Haines (Meg Ryan), a clothing designer who seems to have it all – a beautiful country home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father’s venerable clothing company. Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening), leads another enviable life – a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York’s cutting edge. But when Mary’s husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes), a sultry ‘spritzer girl’ lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, including mega-mommy Edie Cohen (Debra Messing) and author Alex Fisher (Jada Pinkett-Smith), all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well.

All members present liked THE WOMEN. Many of us were surprised that we enjoyed it so much – after expecting a typical Hollywood by-the-numbers production, we were proven wrong. Whenever it threatened to veer into cliché territory, it didn’t. It was nice and light as well, just what some members needed! (And, no, the group wasn’t all female, there was one male present!)

Group rating: four stars (out of five)

The Movie Discussion Group meets once a week to see a movie and then go for coffee afterwards to discuss. There are no membership fees. For more information, or to join our emailing list, email movie_group@yahoo.com.au.

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