Opened: September 20, 1996
Directed by: Hugh Wilson
Starring: Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Stephen Collins, Marcia Gay Harden, Victor Garber, Elizabeth Berkley, Eileen Heckart, Bronson Pinchot, Stockard Channing, Jennifer Dundas, Philip Bosco, Timothy Olyphant & Heather Locklear
Led by an incredible trio of actresses, The First Wives Club took an early feminist stance of women taking back their lives.
After their college friend Cynthia (Stockard Channing) commits suicide, Annie (Diane Keaton), Brenda (Bette Midler) and Elise (Goldie Hawn) reconnect and realize their love lives are dismal. They band together to get revenge on their ex-husbands.
This film is full of the biggest faces in Hollywood. While many of them, especially Keaton, Midler and Hawn, overact in the film – sometimes to the point of insanity – they bring a lot of fun to the screen.
Overall, this is a tale of power. The three leads find strength in a time of crisis and realize they don’t need the men in their lives to make them happy.
Final say: Revenge is sweet. ★★★★☆