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Harry on Bette: “I really enjoy enhancing her career—and sometimes interfering. And in case the tabloids are interested, I didn’t marry her for her money. We have a prenuptial agreement that is a far cry from the one that Joan and Peter and Gitte and Sly had. The number involved has three zeros, and the number in front of the three zeros is less than three.” (1987) ... See MoreSee Less

Harry on Bette: “I really enjoy enhancing her career—and sometimes interfering. And in case the tabloids are interested, I didn’t marry her for her money. We have a prenuptial agreement that is a far cry from the one that Joan and Peter and Gitte and Sly had. The number involved has three zeros, and the number in front of the three zeros is less than three.” (1987)

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Judy RobbinsI have seen "First Wives Club" over and over again and I love it. To see how they get back at their ex-husbands is beautiful.

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Laura SchneiderI so needed a giggle this morning. Thanks to one of my all time favorite movies!

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Gail ArmstrongOne of the many movies that makes me laugh, not too many actresses as hilarious as the one and only Bette Midler!

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Terra WilliamsI couldn't wait for Bette to slap the crap outta goldie !! The best !!

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Maggi SmithI've been everyone of these women... The lush, the piglet, and the introvert unable to stand up for myself! God help me!

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Margie Davenport England MangoI loved this movie. Reminded me of my divorce and all the wonderful girl friends I found.

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Rosemary ZahnowA Movie that can be watched over and over, just like "Down and Out in Beverly Hills". You Bette Midler are the BEST!

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Ellie FuentesI watched that movie at least 20 times love it

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Penny SullivanLoved it must go get the movie tonight.

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Melissa NorrisI love love love this movie! I so have to own it! 😀

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Marian Horanbrilliant film watched it numerous times

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Christine CalderonGreat scene!! Hahaha!

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Toni BurgoLove this movie..perfect cast!!

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Anne KlövströmLove it, love it, love it!!!!!💖

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Christine TreuschI loved this movie

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Joni OneillI love this movie

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Allyson AbtLoved it awesome movie

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Alison RussellLove that film

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Peggy Richards CruzAll Midlers movies are great..

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Andrea England-BirdLove this film timeless classic bette !!!!

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Darlene KobleySuch a good movie😁

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Molly SchaeferBest movie ever .Love those girls

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Sirous GhahremaniThose OctoPussys !!!

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Harry on Bette: ““Although I think Bette’s become a lot calmer than she used to be,” he says, “she’s extremely stubborn. Fortunately, I’m a great one for making allowances. There’s a wonderful expression from the north of England about ‘giving your ass away and shitting through your ribs.’ I sometimes think if I didn’t do that, the relationship would have exploded into many tiny pieces.” (1987) ... See MoreSee Less

Harry on Bette: ““Although I think Bette’s become a lot calmer than she used to be,” he says, “she’s extremely stubborn. Fortunately, I’m a great one for making allowances. There’s a wonderful expression from the north of England about ‘giving your ass away and shitting through your ribs.’ I sometimes think if I didn’t do that, the relationship would have exploded into many tiny pieces.” (1987)

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Robert ThompsonI live in the North of England and thats a new one for me !

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René PaardekamSoooooooooow funny. And that with the former President of the U.S of A.

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Jamison D. McGlothlenDid Bill Clinton cop a feel? Harry looks a bit shocked! - LOL :)

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Harry on Bette: “She’s very rambunctious and very funny—the funniest person I know. She sometimes does this sort of sulking, pouting little-girl act that always cracks me up. I’m sure it’s not meant to crack me up. I’m sure it’s meant to persuade me to do something against my will, and it’s very effective. She’s quite vitriolic too, a real stick of dynamite—which makes life very exciting. It’s not that she has a temper, it’s that she doesn’t indulge in a lot of unnecessary diplomacy. But she’s wonderful to be around—very exciting.” (1987) ... See MoreSee Less

Harry on Bette: “She’s very rambunctious and very funny—the funniest person I know. She sometimes does this sort of sulking, pouting little-girl act that always cracks me up. I’m sure it’s not meant to crack me up. I’m sure it’s meant to persuade me to do something against my will, and it’s very effective. She’s quite vitriolic too, a real stick of dynamite—which makes life very exciting. It’s not that she has a temper, it’s that she doesn’t indulge in a lot of unnecessary diplomacy. But she’s wonderful to be around—very exciting.” (1987)

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Gail ArmstrongI can only imagine that every day is exciting enough to keep you on your toes.

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Molly SchaeferGood looking couple God bless you both

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Teresa CalderonSweet together.... Love Miss Bette!!💖💖

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Marlene BordynoskiFunny..................and sweet!! X0

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Sandra CainA great pairing here. She obviously adores him and he obviously adores her!! Well done you two. Kudos.

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Rapper 50 Cent’s (With The Help of Bette Midler) community garden offers a green alternative to juvenile detention

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Rapper 50 Cent’s community garden offers a green alternative to juvenile detention
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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Bette Midler might not seem like they have much in common, but the two performers have quite the “budding” friendship. Hoping to give back to the Jamaica, Queens neighborhood where he grew up, the famous rapper has joined forces with Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to breathe new life into what’s now known as the 50 Cent Garden.

Under the guidance of landscape architect and designer Walter Hood, the urban garden in Jamaica is now complete with a children’s learning garden, multiple vegetable beds, and a patio area. A donation from 50 Cent funded the green space’s rainwater harvesting system (composed of 10-foot-tall funnels) and overhauled planting areas.

Related: NYC Public Schools Receive Funding For Student Gardens

In addition to bringing some lovely green space to the community, the organization also works with the Queens Youth Justice Center, an alternative-to-detention program. The kids in the program volunteer in the 10,983-square-foot garden, working under the supervision of elderly neighborhood residents who oversee the rotating crops of runner beans, kale, tomatoes, and pumpkins.

Deborah Marton, the executive director of NYRP, says that garden programs really bring communities together. “There are not many activities in our culture where young people, old people, people of different races will all agree and find it easy to work together,” she says. “There’s a transfer of knowledge here, about gardening specifically, but also a transfer of wisdom and values: of what’s important in life in general.”

Community gardens are invaluable to New York neighborhoods, but especially in areas like the Jamaica section of Queens, where, according to NYRP, there is less than five percent of the recommended amount of open space for tens of thousands of young residents.

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‘The First Wives Club’ Turns 20: Will The Reboot Dazzle Us Like The Original? Bette Midler’s Character Omitted; Will Be Replaced By Another Character!

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‘The First Wives Club’ Turns 20: Will The Reboot Dazzle Us Like The Original?
By Kristin Lai
September 21, 2016 at 03:51PM

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Time to break out your best all-white attire and warm up your voice for a sizzling rendition of “You Don’t Own Me,” because we’re here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1996 comedy The First Wives Club!

Directed by Hugh Wilson, The First Wives Club tells the story of three best friends who drift apart after graduating college. Almost 30 years later, they reconnect after a death and decide to exact revenge on their ignorant exes.

The three divorcees, played by Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, bond over their relationships crumbling in various stages and find strength in one another.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film became a commercial hit, raking in a whipping $181.5 million in the box office and creating some of the most memorable characters of the ’90s. But when you combine the star power of Keaton, Midler and Hawn, what do you really expect?

In a recent interview with Broadly, The First Wives Club’s casting director Ilene Starger discussed the popularity of the film, and gave some insight into how these three women landed the popular roles.

They really were the dream team for this project at the top of everyone’s wish list! And they are superb in the film: witty, heartbreaking and ultimately—as their characters—triumphant! … And Bette, Goldie, and Diane brought so much talent, class, high intelligence to their roles. They worked incredibly hard.

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Together Keaton, Midler and Hawn had a palpable chemistry that resonates with audiences of all age groups and multiple generations. According to Starger, this kind of spark only comes along once in a blue moon.

It is rare, and when it happens, it’s a gift. It’s why audiences go to films and theatre, and watch TV: to see incredibly talented actors bringing characters to life—characters which show us a great deal about ourselves as human beings.

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TV Land hopes to make lightning strike twice, and announced a long-gestating television reboot this summer. The modernized version of The First Wives Club will be written by New Girl’s Rebecca Addelman and produced by Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt.

The actresses slated to fill the massive heels of this fierce trio are Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Megan Hilty (Wicked) and Vanessa Lachey (Dads). The storyline reads almost identical, but with a few adjustments:

Set in present-day San Francisco, the story revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the ’90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other annoying challenges.

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Hannigan will be playing a role equivalent to Keaton’s Annie, renamed Maggie; Hilty will take on Hawn’s role of the beautiful yet self-conscious aging actress, now named Kim instead of Elise.

The biggest change omits Midler’s character Barbara, in favor of a different character, Sasha, played by Lachey. Her character is “a driven and successful chef in San Francisco” who has a “a hot restaurant and a great girlfriend who she plans to marry,” that is, until reconnecting with her friends puts her life into perspective.

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In her interview, Starger admitted, “there’s no way to know in advance … if actors will have chemistry when working together.” To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sold that these three will be able to dazzle us the same way Keaton, Midler and Hawn did, but hopefully Hannigan, Hilty and Lachey can find a satisfying groove for fans of the original.

A premiere date for the reboot has yet to be set, but in the meantime we can all revel in the perfection that is the 1996 First Wives Club. I urge you to p

Happy 20th anniversary to The First Wives Club!

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Twenty Years Later And ‘The First Wives Club’ Is Still Taking On New Members

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Twenty Years Later And ‘The First Wives Club’ Is Still Taking On New Members
By Chloe Gale
September 20, 2016 at 08:22AM

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In honor of The First Wives Club turning twenty years old this September, we give thanks for the classic cult comedy, it’s legacy and take a look at where it’s heading next. The movie was an unexpected box office smash grossing $181,489,203 worldwide, not bad for a film that only had a $26million budget. For those of you who are yet to experience the fabulosity that is The First Wives Club, watch the trailer below, it will change your life:

The Legacy (Spoilers)

The movie is groundbreaking on so many levels, scoring very highly on the Bechdel test. It may seem like a film where women spend all their efforts trying to get back at the men in their lives, but it goes so much deeper.

Even from the beginning this rom-com hits you hard in the feels, with Stockard Channing as Cynthia taking a leap off of her penthouse roof because she cannot live anymore with the pain her husband has caused her. It’s the suicide that is the call to action for the leading ladies.

This gloomy start to the movie provides the inspiration the main three characters need in order to change their lives and honor Cynthia’s memory. The seek out to make their own husbands pay for what they’ve done to them, but along the way the end up changing so much more. We see women dealing with their friendships and their personal identities as they move into the middle years of their lives. They tackle issues that are very poignant in a light manner, making it much easier for audiences to digest.

Elise, Annie and Brenda, sisters definitely doing it for themselves.

Elise, Annie and Brenda, sisters definitely doing it for themselves.

Take Annie, played by Diane Keaton, she’s suffering self-esteem issues along with the collapse of her marriage. She has ongoing mother problems too (don’t we all?) and on top of that, her daughter has just come out as gay. Annie welcomes her daughter’s sexuality, but admittedly in a way that takes things bit too far. Let’s face it, nobody wants their mother showing up on a date in a gay bar just because she’s trying to be supportive. Cringe.

With the help of her friends, Annie is able to feel more confident again and they act as an outlet to release the things she wants to say but she’s bottling up, because well, she’s lost her therapist to her husband.

We’re not sure who we hate more at this point, the lying, cheating husband or the therapist who’s been listening to Annie’s problems all the while sleeping with her husband?

Brenda played by Bette Midler, on the other hand is dealing with the fact her husband, in the midst of a midlife crisis has left her for a much younger and sexier woman, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Brenda has to come to terms with the fact middle age has left her overweight and dumpy. She has all the sass she always did yet the outside no longer reflects the fire inside of her.

On top of this she’s raising a teenage boy, who is at odds with the separation of his parents, not knowing where his loyalty lies. Brenda feels out of touch and unable to reach Jason making her feel even more like a failure. Plus her husband has stopped making child support payments. Bastard.

In hindsight it’s awful that a suicide and a breakdown of marriages is the thing that reunites these women, but their friendship is a blessing and together they get through their struggles. When was the last time you saw a Hollywood film where women playing their real ages came together to support each other?

Finally we have Elise, played by Goldie Hawn, here we have the struggling actress, middle-aged and out of work. Elise uses plastic surgery to keep her relevant, because she feels the industry practically demands it of women, to stay looking twenty forever. She also has a serious alcohol problem, that is slowly taking over her life. She has no children and no one who genuinely cares for her until Brenda and Annie come back into her life and get her back on her feet.

The friendship between the women is very real, they laugh, they cry and they fight just like real women. The characters are three dimensional, not simply projections of what Hollywood deems a woman to be, which is why this rom-com goes beyond the realms of light entertainment and offers you so much more. Which is why even after twenty years, it’s still relevant and more importantly, yet to be beaten.

The Comedy, The Quotes And The Cult Following

Without a doubt this movie has given us some of the most memorable quotes ever. It’s found it’s way into pop culture and those who treasure the film randomly quip the one liners freely. At the Golden Globes in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence threw out a quote, which must have baffledThe First Wives Club virgins, but those in the know praised Lawrence’s reference.

Here’s our pick of the finest quotes from the film, feel free to start using them in your daily lives.

If you can't be honest with your friends, who can you be honest with?

If you can’t be honest with your friends, who can you be honest with?
This is all of us when they realize they have to be an adult

This is all of us when they realize they have to be an adult

Sad, but true, Courtney Cox is living proof of this.
We like to think Goldie is just venting rather than reading the script, Ive also always wanted to throw a drink in the heat of the moment too.

We like to think Goldie is just venting rather than reading the script, Ive also always wanted to throw a drink in the heat of the moment too.
Cheeky Ivana gets it! We hope she rinsed Trump for all he's worth.

Cheeky Ivana gets it! We hope she rinsed Trump for all he’s worth.

Maggie Smith making a fabulous appearance as the Queen of the Upper Eastside, Gunilla Garson Goldberg, a first, second and third wife.
It's always the 90s in our hearts.

It’s always the 90s in our hearts.

The script is littered with wonderful one-liners and sassy comebacks that will have you quoting amongst fellow fans for years to come. The cult following of the film has been astounding too, with a huge fan-base mainly made up of middle-aged women and the gay community, due to the three leading ladies who prove you can be fabulous and independent at any age.

The movie may now be twenty years old and while some elements such as wardrobe and technology now look dated, the sentiment, script and performances are timeless. All of these elements together have created a movie that speaks to many people and has led to numerous parodies.

The First Wives Club 2.0

Due to the popularity of the movie and the novel on which it’s based there has been an outcry from fans to see a sequel. Every now and again there is a whisper of a rumor that the girls are reuniting to make these unfulfilled dreams come true, but sadly these have never amounted to anything. Nevertheless, we always get excited at the thought of one.

The Musical

If you thought this movie couldn’t get any camper you’d be wrong. There is a full blown musical. The musical premiered in 2009 in San Diego, California but was reworked in 2015 for a stint in Chicago. It welcomed mixed reviews from critics and although the cult following meant tickets sold well, it never did make it to Broadway as intended.

I would probably see it for shits and giggles, but I’m not sure how well it would hold up? From the video the characters seem like hammed up caricatures of the original movie cast. No doubt it would be a good night out, with a bottle of cheap wine, but it does seems overly stagey.

The TV Reboot

It’s all confirmed, there is to be a TV Land re-boot of The First Wives Club expected to be on screens early next year. The show will be set in present-day San Francisco so sadly we will loose that 90s nostalgia.

The show have finally announced who is to play the three leading ladies. Alyson Hannigan aka Willow is to play Maggie who is an English professor at the University of San Francisco. Megan Hilty aka Ivy Lynn will play Kim, a successfully actress who closing in on ‘old age’ and, most recently announced, we have Vanessa Lachey a.k.a Nick Lachey’s wife, who is going to play Sasha, a professional chef who is planning on marrying her girlfriend.

It’s fair to say they’ve kept the skeleton of the original, but given it a modern twist. The actresses of course are around a decade and a half younger than Bette, Diane and Goldie were, so the aging issues may not really be a problem, unless now forty is considered old in the new millennium? Then there’s the gay relationship and we hope there’s a real substance to this story and it’s not just the script writers ticking off a representation box.

We hope the women are just as strong, witty and supportive of each other as the movie showed the characters to be. That of course being one of the main pulls of the original. If we’re being honest, we want a musical number too, they’ve got Hilty’s lungs it would be a shame not to use them. We shall have to wait and see what TV Land do with the show, we pray to Bette Midler that they serve the legacy well and it retains both the comedy and sentiment of the original which many love so dearly.

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, FIRST WIVES CLUB

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The Underlying Meanness Of The First Wives Club

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The Underlying Meanness Of The First Wives Club
KELSEY MILLER
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016, 10:00 AM

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Remember when we all stopped saying “real women”? I don’t recall which trend piece woke me up to that shift in our cultural lingo, but I do know how fast it clicked. For most of my conscious life, “real women” had been the phrase used to describe women who weren’t models, who seemed relatable rather than aspirational, women who weren’t too hot or too confident but were, you know, normal gals. (And it went without saying that these were probably straight, cis women, too.)

Real women” seemed like a helpful, friendly phrase, but of course the moment someone pointed out that all women are real women, I got it — and instantly tossed that term out the window. Odd how something that once seemed useful and even empowering can reveal itself as exclusionary and offensive when you take a closer look.

I thought about the real-women problem a lot while second-glancing The First Wives Club. I saw this film for the first time at the age of 12 with my dad in a local suburban multiplex. We both laughed, but at times he seemed a little squirmy. Walking out of the theater, he sighed in quiet disappointment: “I just wish it wasn’t all about hating men.” At the time, I thought my dumb old dad just didn’t get it. Because, uh, it wasn’t even about men. It was about women — real women — standing up for themselves and each other. It was about unity and self-actualization, and also it was just a really good, funny movie. They sing in the end!

As I turned on the film a few weeks ago, I remembered my dad’s man-hating comment, now seeing it differently. He must have felt so threatened, so defensive in the face of such unapologetic feminism, I thought. This movie came out in 1996, back before Roxane Gay and Lemonade, when people still made bra-burning jokes about feminism. This comedic opus of real womanhood must have been a shock to his deeply un-woke system. The opening titles continued as Burt Bacharach’s “Wives and Lovers” plays in the background, an obvious satire: “Hey, little girl/Comb your hair/Fix your makeup/Soon he will open the door/Don’t think because/There’s a ring on your finger/You needn’t try anymore.” Twenty minutes in, I’d all but decided my father was an MRA — when I realized I was squirming myself.

An early scene in the film unites all the first wives, Elise, Brenda, and Annie (Diane Keaton), having lunch after the funeral of another first wife, Cynthia. Cynthia committed suicide after being left by her husband for a younger, blonder model, and these three women are in the same boat: fortysomething, newly single, and therefore with little left to live for. (“Bye bye, love. Hello, Pop-Tarts.”)

“What’s her name?” asks Elise (Goldie Hawn).

“Shelly,” replies Brenda (Bette Midler). “Shelly the barracuda. She’s 12.”

Haha! They’re so real and relatable! They’re drunk and angry and victimized (and rich and white). And who is to blame? Men, yes, duh. But mostly other women — the fake kind.

There’s Phoebe (Elizabeth Berkley), the young actress with whom Elise’s husband ran off. She’s blonde, big-eyed, and so evidently stupid that she’s almost incapable of basic human interaction. She claps her hands with fingers splayed like a toddler’s and runs back and forth in high-heeled shuffle steps, the live-action version of a Blondie cartoon. Her most memorable line happens when a doorbell rings and she throws her arms in the air, shouting, “Pizza!” Oh, and spoiler: She’s 16.

Then there’s Dr. Leslie Rosen (Marcia Gay Harden). At the start of the film, we learn she’s a therapist, treating both Annie and her estranged husband, Aaron (Stephen Collins — more on that doozy later). Perhaps an iffy professional move, but clearly she’s no bimbo; she’s a doctor. Strong, intelligent, professional woman? Ten feminist points! But then — twist — it turns out she’s also sleeping with Aaron behind Annie’s back. And, while we’re at it, behind the state licensing board’s back.

If Phoebe is the ditz, then Dr. Rosen is the vamp, and both women, once villainized, pretty much vanish from the film.

Finally, we have Shelly (Sarah Jessica Parker). This is the aforementioned barracuda who apparently stole Brenda’s husband, Morty (Dan Hedaya). In terms of the villains, she gets the most character development — meaning she personifies multiple traits of the Evil Husband-Stealing Archetype, rather than just one. She’s not literally 12, but she is very young, thin, mean, and ditzy. She’s a legit gold-digger who slinks around in furs and picks her teeth at the dinner table.

Parker, to her credit, gives as much possible dimension to this monster (if there’s an upside here, it’s the reminder that SJP has mean comedic chops). But more than anything, Shelly serves to expose the meanness underlying this whole film. At one point, Brenda runs into Shelly and Morton in a women’s clothing store. Shelly emerges from the dressing room, clad in a black slip dress.

“Shelly, look at you,” says Brenda. “My my, the bulimia certainly has paid off.”

Shelly replies: “Brenda, why don’t you try these on” — here she spreads her arms wide and lowers her voice to a trollish grunt — “in your size.”

I get it. We’re supposed to hate Shelly for making her mean little fat jokes, and we’re supposed to laugh and high-five over Brenda’s bulimia burn. But they’re both shitty jokes because both these characters are composed of shitty female tropes. Just as Shelly’s thinness and beauty make her fake and hateable, Brenda’s chubby frump look makes her real and relatable.

The other two main characters are defined by old-school ideas of womanhood as well. Annie is a doormat who crumples under conflict. Elise is vain and insecure, clinging to youth with her French manicure and drinking herself to sleep under a self-portrait. Theoretically, they’re supposed to shed these old personae and become their best selves when united. That’s what all the montages and musical cues would have you believe, certainly. But really, Annie hits the nail on the head when she declares, “We are the three witches!”

Before sitting down to rewatch The First Wives Club, I was prepared to cheer it on as an outlier among the comedies of its time. I didn’t want to find fault in a film I rented dozens of times as a child and bonded over with friends in college. I can see the collective internet rolling its eyes and hear its snarky voice in my head saying: Girl, this isn’t Sophie’s Choice. You’re taking it too seriously. Maybe it’s right. Maybe I’m just being a killjoy. But that voice sounds a lot like the one that wants to make excuses when Amy Schumer posts a racist tweet (she’s joking, Jesus), or conveniently forgets about Woody Allen’s personal history when Annie Hall comes on.

From the first bad joke onward, it was like watching the film die by a thousand tiny cuts. One might overlook a few, but the dialogue is jammed with more eating-disorder jokes, gay jokes, plastic-surgery sight gags, and stereotypes galore. (The entire Brenda/Morty subplot manages to roll both Jewish and Italian stereotypes into one lousy storyline; it’s almost impressive.) There’s dated, and then there’s dated beyond repair. As if to underscore this fact, there’s Stephen Collins, admitted child molester, in one of the lead roles. Sometimes you can’t just suspend your disbelief. Sometimes you shouldn’t even try.

But these one-off moments are little more than icing I could try to scrape off if the cake itself weren’t so lousy. The First Wives Club presents itself as a story of sisterhood, and in the end we’re supposed to watch these women emerge as their own champions. And it almost, almost happens that way! Elise, Brenda, and Annie eventually realize they’ve been too wrapped up in their own vengeance and should instead focus on the greater good. Huzzah! So they’re going to open a crisis center for women. Great! And how are they going to do it? By blackmailing their ex-husbands into paying for it!

I mean, shit. I guess a crisis center is better than no crisis center, even if it is bankrolled by three unwilling ex-husbands (one of whom is a statutory rapist and another of whom has committed major financial fraud — but enough about that, oh well!). It’s just kind of a bummer that in the end it’s not really these women but money that saves the day. And it’s not even their money.

Yes, my dad was right that there is man-hating in this movie. But the movie itself seems to hate women more than anything. Under the guise of unity, it pits women against each other (in a fight over men, no less). Like the phrase “real women,” it excludes and demeans everyone who doesn’t fit politely into an archetype. And, comedy or not, why shouldn’t I take that seriously? Should I just wince over the icky parts and go along to get along, wait until that killer song-and-dance finale and sing along? Maybe. Maybe it’s okay to have my cake and eat it, too; it is just a movie, after all. But, really, is it so much to ask that we make a better cake?

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Bette Midler: I won`t tell you how much my breasts weigh,“ says Bette Midler, “but I consulted a postage scale. It costs $87.50 to send `em to Brazil. Third class.“ (1988)

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Idina Menzel feared ‘career suicide’ with Beaches remake

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Idina Menzel feared ‘career suicide’ with Beaches remake
September 21, 2016

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Singer/actress Idina Menzel initially turned down a leading role in the Beaches remake because she feared the film would be “career suicide”.

The Tony Award-winning Frozen star is currently in production on the new TV movie for America‘s Lifetime network, taking on Bette Midler‘s iconic role of CC Bloom from the 1988 tearjerker.

The movie has been in development for years, and, in a new interview with Attitude magazine, Idina reveals the producers had been courting her to star in the remake for some time – but she was hesitant to ruin such a beloved movie.

“I said no to doing the film a few times because I love Bette Midler, I love the original movie and I didn’t want to set myself up for failure,” she says. “I usually like to originate things and not walk in anyone’s footsteps. It’s hard to make that work.”

Ultimately, Idina agreed to portray CC Bloom because she felt the project would be a timeless story of friendship for a whole new generation of viewers.

“There’s a generation that’s never heard of Beaches and the character of CC is so rich I felt I could bring a different side to her,” she explains. “In the context of what our struggles are as women now, there’s more to explore, which made me feel OK about potentially attempting career suicide doing it.”

Idina will be sharing the screen with Nia Long, who will take on Barbara Hershey’s role of Hillary Whitney in the TV film, due out next year (17).

In addition, Idina will sing new versions of Wind Beneath My Wings and The Glory of Love, Bette’s classic songs from the original movie soundtrack.

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