THE WEEK IN REVIEW

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THE FILM

The First Wives Club

Overview

Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler take revenge on lousy men after Stockard Channing kills herself when her spouse dumps her for a bimbo. Hugh Wilson directs Robert Harling's script polished by Paul Rudnick.

Critical view

Adam Mars-Jones pointed to the cast, the bitching and the regular savage one-liners, "but don't get your hopes up too high". "The film would be nothing without its stars," observed the Times. "A raucous sitcom with non-stop punch lines," nodded the Standard. "The premise is sound enough... what sinks the whole outing is the absence of plot twists and some truly flaccid slapstick," sighed the FT. "Great actresses who deserve something better," lamented the Spectator.

On view

Cert PG, on general release.

Our view

What can you say of a movie which attempts to make an icon out of Ivana Trump?

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