By Stephanie Zacharek
By Simon Abrams
By Michelle Orange
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Nick Schager
By Amy Nicholson
By The Invisible Woman
By I Used to Be Darker
Come on, people. Surely the political-correctness police are not watching so carefully that three vengeance-seekers must transform their rage into goody-goody. I don't know what the plot looked like before Muriel's Wedding director P.J. Hogan dropped out of the project or before Paul Rudnick came in to polish the script. But a movie that manages to turn the issue of discarded women into a bland slab of Velveeta in the first place hardly needs to redeem its heroines by further compromising their instincts.
In the end, the whole thing deserves faint praise: cute movie.
The First Wives Club. Screenplay by Robert Harling, from a novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Directed by Hugh Wilson. With Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.
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