The First Wives Club

Director:Hugh Wilson
Writer:Robert Harling
Director of Photography:Donald Thorin
Editor:John Bloom
Music:Marc Shaiman
Production Designer:Peter Larkin
Producer:Scott Rudin
Paramount; PG; 105 minutes
Cast:Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Dan Hedaya, Stockard Channing, James Naughton, Heather Locklear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephen Collins, Marcia Gay Harden, Maggie Smith, Victor Garber, Elizabeth Berkley, Bronson Pinchot and Jennifer Dundas
Based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith

It's a sappy guilty pleasure, but what fun it is. Three friends from college, Brenda (Midler), Elise (Hawn) and Annie (Keaton), reunite at another friend's (Channing) funeral (Cynthia committed suicide after her husband dumped her for a younger woman) and commiserate about their sleazy ex-husbands who have turned in their middle-aged spouses for young trophy wives. The men don't get off that easily, however, as the crafty women plot their revenge. Stinging one-liners abound and quality writing prevents this from descending to mere male bashing.

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