A Faulty Sense of Empowerment Fuels The Women
- Friday, September 12, 2008
Sadly, that’s exactly what this underdeveloped script would have the audience believe, however. When Mary straightens those dreadful ringlets she had in the beginning of the movie, embraces a flashy new nail color (Jungle Red!!) instead of the neutral tone she typically favors and actually achieves her career goal of launching her own fashion line, that’s instantly enough to make her failed marriage worth pursuing again. While it’s nice to see the theme of a marriage restored emerge, it’s not actually based on the couple’s mutual desire to work through their struggles. Rather, now that Mary has “found herself” and really knows who she is, she can finally be loved in a way that’ll make her husband stay faithful.
For the record, The Women is decidedly less vacuous than the adventures of Carrie Bradshaw, her pals and their Manolos, (I mean, there’s even a section dedicated to how the women in magazines are not how they actually appear in real life—quelle horror) but there’s still the pervasive belief that your own happiness is still more of a priority than anyone else’s. And in a movie that was intended to spotlight the power of women’s relationships, that’s ultimately a waste of two hours and a slew of actresses who could do much better in the script department.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Alcohol is often used as a means of coping with problems. Mary’s young teenage daughter, Molly has recently taken up smoking to fit in and lose weight (even though she clearly doesn’t need to). Mary and Leah share a joint at a self-help retreat.
- Language/Profanity: A few mild expletives plus several instances where the Lord’s name is taken in vain.
- Sex/Nudity: Alex (Jada Pinkett Smith ) isn’t shy about the fact that she’s a lesbian. She takes her friends to a gay-friendly restaurant where many same-sex couples are affectionate with one another. And while there isn’t any sex shown, there’s plenty of frank discussion on the topic, including a chat about losing one’s virginity between Sylvie and Molly.
- Violence: Only of the comic variety.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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