This is a review of the 2008 movie The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, and Eva Mendes.
Plot Synopsis: A group of close-knit women try to figure out how to help their friend when she finds out that her husband of 13 years is having an affair.
Me: Well, there are chick flicks and then there are CHICK FLICKS. But, Honeybee, I just saw the Mother of All Chick Flicks.
The Honeybee: So, how are you feeling?
Me: You know, I suddenly find myself with this insatiable urge to watch the Rambo movie marathon on TNT so I can begin reclaiming just a tiny bit of the manhood that slowly drained from my body over the previous two hours.
The Honeybee: That bad, huh? I think the cast was first rate: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Me: That is a lot of female star power there, Honeybee! By the way, all 47 credited actors in this movie were of the fairer sex!
The Honeybee: Which is all the more amazing when one considers that the central story of this movie revolved around a cheating husband.
Me: Yeah, despite never seeing or hearing from him, they did do a good job working the two-timer into the story. This story focuses on clothing designer Mary Haines (Ryan) who finds out that her wealthy financier hubby of 13 years is cheating on her with a despicable gold digger (Eva Mendes) who happens to work at the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter.
The Honeybee: You know, I didn’t like Mary’s reaction once she found out her husband was having an affair.
Me: Or her relative lack of a reaction.
The Honeybee: Yes! I don’t know if this was intentional on Meg Ryan’s part, but I got the strong impression Mary felt her husband’s affair was more of a nuisance than anything else. She reacted the way I would expect if she was told her car was in the parking lot with a flat tire.
Me: Anyway, several of her closest whiny upper-class friends then go into action to try and help, and what follows is a primer on friendships and the inner conflicts that one must deal with when faced with the reality of a two-timing spouse.
The Honeybee: The story was just too unrealistic for me to be really enjoyable.
Me: For me, the movie’s only mildly entertaining moment came when Bette Midler made a brief cameo as a pot smoking wacko who counsels Mary to take revenge on her cheatin’ man by reveling in the glory of selfishness.
The Honeybee: I won’t spoil it, but I did like how Mary ended up resolving the situation in the end.
Me: And I also enjoyed the eye candy provided by the always-gorgeous Mendes, but unfortunately her scenes were just too few and far between to hold my attention in a movie that really was never geared for my demographic anyway. For me, this movie was a definite “Sell.” What say you, Honeybee?
The Honeybee: What?
Me: Is it a “buy” or “sell” recommendation for The Women?
The Honeybee: Although I love a good chick flick, this one really sucked. “Sell.”
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