Classic Cinema Redux: The Women

Say it Rah-shay By Jul 05, 2009 4 Comments

Meg, Meg, Meg.
What the ham fat? I just finished watching the remake of The Women starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening (who may be a contender for BB 2008) and Eva Mendes. It was like a car wreck: terrible and tragic yet I couldn’t stop watching!

The basic story is the same: Crystal Allen, a perfume spritzer at Saks is messing around with Mary Haines’ hubby. However, in this remake, Mary is a bit of a sad sack: her own dad fires her, her kid disrespects her, and her mom is Murphy Brown. She is a nice gal but like a rug: everyone steps all over her. Mary wants to be a fashion designer but it seems the poodle that she call her hair as well as her own poor self esteem is keeping her down. Her relationship with her daughter was different. In the original, Mary spent lots of time with her kid. In this remake, her kid seemed to be an afterthought.

Aside: Why are kids always snooping around and then getting pissy when they overhear something not meant for them? Molly (Mary’s daughter) overhears Mary fussing at the dad on the phone. Mary’s all, “I’m sorry! I didn’t want you to hear that!” before Molly runs away. I always tell The Bee, if you don’t want to hear or see something that is going to make your hair turn white, mind your business and stop sneaking.
I’m just saying.

Now, I love me some Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Joe Versus the Volcano) but even she was not enough to make me put my hook down and completely concentrate on this crap.

Let’s see, there was Jada Pinkett-Smith, who could have been accused of loitering, as a lesbian. While I have no opinion of someone’s sexual preference, it seems as if her being a lesbian was only to set up a joke that ran during the credits. Jada is am excellent actress but she only seemed to be there for…who knows! If someone knows clue a sister in please?

Grace aka Stacey aka Debra Messing was the Joan Fontaine character: the nice friend who was pregnant although in this remake she had like ten kids. Although she wasn’t too nice in this one; she was cheating too!

Annette Bening’s Sylvia Fowler was a a magazine editor this time around who couldn’t get her shit together. She kept putting out these tired magazines that no one wanted to buy. To try and increase her numbers she sold out her friend as well as stole an intern’s idea. What a trip!

Debi Mazer was the yapping manicurist. I don’t regularly get my nails done but from what I know via my mom and sister Ms. Yen is all about the dollar and is not running her mouth unless its to reprimand a worker or to collect her dough. In the movie, why wasn’t that loud mouth fired? I can’t see Sylvia or Mary allowing her to keep gossiping like she was especially after she caused all that ruckus. According to a Google search a manicure will run you about 27 bucks. I don’t know if that’s accurate or not but for 27 cents I STILL Don’t want to hear chick yap!

And last but least, Eva Mendes as Crystal Allen.
She doesn’t hold a candle to Joan. She seemed like she got Mary’s husband just for sport; as an actress she should have at least aimed for a producer (she is a cheat!). And with the market the way it is, she knows that man can’t afford a wife and kid living in Connecticut and some chick on the side in New York!

Mom wants to watch this. It’s all hers. Even sassy Bette Midler as the oft divorced Leah couldn’t make me care.

I’m going to read a book.

Wishing I weren’t a Woman,


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Seems like a ‘real good movie’ is well overdue… Wish I could take you 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t let just anyone know this because I’m glad that I’m a man but two of my favorite movies are… Sleepless in Seatle and You’ve got Mail I’m a Meg Ryan fan too… Shhhhhh!

  3. ~Rachée says:

    Dude, grow a pair.
    Thank you for visiting. And be proud of being a sensitive soul.

  4. ~Rachée says:

    Dude, grow a pair.
    Thank you for visiting. And be proud of being a sensitive soul.

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