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Women on the Edge

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Angry women bring down sleazy plastic surgeon; language.

Movie NR 2023 95 minutes
Women on the Edge movie poster: 2 women look at the camera, one smiling and one making a face

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Women on the Edge is a manic comedy that throws around terms like "patriarchal" and "gerontophobic misogynist" as proof of its pedigree as a feminist-forward comedy. Even an 8-year-old girl observes that "beauty salons are a product of the heteropatriarchy." An anger management class leader says that women's anger is sometimes generated by societal pressure for women to be "beautiful, always in a good mood, cheerful, younger and pretty." Meetings are filled with old jokes, group hugs, foot massages, martial arts workouts, and other means of "harnessing" anger, contributing to the way the movie is all over the place. It mocks women for going to tragic lengths to alter themselves physically to meet unreasonable beauty standards; men for creating the social pressure that makes women feel the need to alter themselves; and charlatans who prey on vulnerable women coerced by the above-mentioned social pressures.

Girl power wins the day as women who don't seem to like each other at first band together to fight the collective male oppressor. Even so, a generous and enlightened male lawyer is a hero while an otherwise useless husband is good for nothing but sex, which, thankfully, is not shown. This is not a movie that prioritizes making sense -- a doctor who recruits a famous actress to publicize his new age-reversing product doesn't care that his work disfigures her. Best scene: the cast line dances under the closing credits.

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