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Film Review: The First Wives Club (1996)


Although this film is over a decade old, it still contains the magic to engage contemporary viewers today. The film involves three sassy strong female leads played by Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. 

Each character is going through some type of hardship associated with a male figure, however they are brought together through the death of a friend. This film depicts the strife of women who do not conform to the stereotypes prescribed to them by society as well as iterating the impact and severity of mental illness on women’s lives. Through its wonderful use of satire and iconic songs such as Lesley Gore’s 60’s hit “You don’t own me”, it presents an important message to all women around the world that seems to transcend time – it is not a norm for women to be objectified by men and society, you can be financially and emotionally independent and it's okay to ask for help if you need it. 

I think this film is quite important, especially in today’s day and age, because it refers to so many ‘taboo’ subjects condemned in contemporary society. The only criticism I could consider would be the lack of racial diversity within the main female characters, however maybe (hopefully) this could be addressed in a remake. I recommend this film for all budding feminists who want to see one of the best 90’s film ever made, in the hope that they too will be inspired by the actions of strong women.

Written by Vaneesha Patel

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