IT’S ALL ABOUT…
When fashion designer Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) finds out that her husband is having an affair with a Saks salesgirl (Eva Mendes), it becomes an opportunity to change her life… Murphy Brown creator Diane English finally realized her dream project, an updated remake of The Women (1939), but it wasn’t worth the wait. I have no problem with the sitcom dialogue, but I do mind the lack of genuine laughs and depth… and the climactic delivery scene is just too much. Still, there’s nothing wrong with the cast; nice to see Bette Midler.
2008-U.S. 114 min. Color. Written and directed by Diane English. Play: Clare Boothe Luce. Cast: Meg Ryan (Mary Haines), Annette Bening (Sylvie Fowler), Eva Mendes (Crystal Allen), Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher… Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen.
Trivia: Co-produced by English and Mick Jagger. The movie has no male actors or extras. Bergen also played Ryan’s mother in Rich and Famous (1981). Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts and Uma Thurman were allegedly considered for roles.