• The First Wives Club (1996)

The First Wives Club

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: December 1st, 1998

PG |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Despondent over the marriage of her ex-husband to a younger woman, a middle-aged divorcée plunges to her death from her penthouse. At the woman's funeral, her former college friends (Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton) reunite for the first time in nearly 30 years. When the three discover the reason for their friend's suicide, they realize that all of their ex-husbands have taken them for granted -- and deciding it's time for revenge, they make a pact to get back at their exes.

Cast: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Stockard Channing, Victor Garber

Director: Hugh Wilson

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Revenge, 1960s, Amusing, New York City, 1990s, Emotional, Daughter, Bar, Quest, Friend, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    It's funnier, and bitchier, than Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women," and, best of all, it showcases three wonderful actresses who have rarely been better. show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    It's a glamorous revenge romp, a "9 to 5" mixed with "Auntie Mame," and it gives each star the opportunity to do her best work in a long, long time. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The movie, from the 1992 best seller by Olivia Goldsmith, isn't deathless art. But as pure entertainment, this witty revenge romp is sinfully satisfying. show more

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