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The First Wives Club

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Frothy divorce-revenge comedy has iffy messages.

Movie PG 1996 105 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

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The film is a whimsical look at the lengths some divorcees take in trying to get even. The film doesn't take itself seriously thus the appropriateness of the pg age rating. As the main site suggests during the film the daughter states that she is lesbian- although her mother is shocked the film doesn't dwell on this and moves swiftly on- no judgement takes place so if anything the brevity & non- judgment may advocate tolerance. None of the divorcees are good role models and appropriately not portrayed as such in the film for children.

Is It Any Good?

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At the end of the movie, the three charismatic lead actresses do a self-affirming song-and-dance number; it's a fun scene, but it points out what's been missing from the rest of the picture. This movie (based on a more grownup and realistic bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith) feels like an old-school Hollywood musical-comedy whose musical scenes got carted off by social services in a custody fight, leaving only the comic filler. Don't expect much depth; overall tone is buoyant and fluffy, even when the theme is divorce and the cruelest forms of ageism and sexual rejection. It's like a vintage screwball romantic comedy with strong cheerleading for matronly feminist solidarity.

Kid viewers may enjoy the energy and the flibbertigibbety rushing back and forth, even if the backhanded intrigues against the males are none too clear. Fans of Sarah Jessica Parker might compare her role here -- a vulgar, manipulative girl-toy of an appliance-store baron -- with her later, more sympathetic Sex and the City heroine seeking love.

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