History Film / TheFirstWivesClub

19th Jun '17 3:11:07 PM jormis29
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The film starts in 1969, with a graduation day at Middlebury College, Vermont. Among the graduating class are four close friends Elise Elliot (Creator/GoldieHawn), Cynthia Griffin (Stockard Channing), Annie Mac Duggan (Diane Keaton), and Brenda Morelli (Bette Midler). Cynthia makes them all promise that they "will always be there for each other throughout the remainder of their lives." The scene then switches to the 1990s. The promise has not been kept as they have all lost touch with each other. Cynthia is an affluent but lonely and depressed woman. Her husband has just divorced her for a younger woman. She takes care of some final arrangements and then commits suicide.

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The film starts in 1969, with a graduation day at Middlebury College, Vermont. Among the graduating class are four close friends Elise Elliot (Creator/GoldieHawn), Cynthia Griffin (Stockard Channing), Annie Mac Duggan (Diane Keaton), and Brenda Morelli (Bette Midler).(Creator/BetteMidler). Cynthia makes them all promise that they "will always be there for each other throughout the remainder of their lives." The scene then switches to the 1990s. The promise has not been kept as they have all lost touch with each other. Cynthia is an affluent but lonely and depressed woman. Her husband has just divorced her for a younger woman. She takes care of some final arrangements and then commits suicide.
2nd Jun '17 4:27:16 AM jormis29
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The film starts in 1969, with a graduation day at Middlebury College, Vermont. Among the graduating class are four close friends Elise Elliot (Goldie Hawn), Cynthia Griffin (Stockard Channing), Annie Mac Duggan (Diane Keaton), and Brenda Morelli (Bette Midler). Cynthia makes them all promise that they "will always be there for each other throughout the remainder of their lives." The scene then switches to the 1990s. The promise has not been kept as they have all lost touch with each other. Cynthia is an affluent but lonely and depressed woman. Her husband has just divorced her for a younger woman. She takes care of some final arrangements and then commits suicide.

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The film starts in 1969, with a graduation day at Middlebury College, Vermont. Among the graduating class are four close friends Elise Elliot (Goldie Hawn), (Creator/GoldieHawn), Cynthia Griffin (Stockard Channing), Annie Mac Duggan (Diane Keaton), and Brenda Morelli (Bette Midler). Cynthia makes them all promise that they "will always be there for each other throughout the remainder of their lives." The scene then switches to the 1990s. The promise has not been kept as they have all lost touch with each other. Cynthia is an affluent but lonely and depressed woman. Her husband has just divorced her for a younger woman. She takes care of some final arrangements and then commits suicide.
18th May '17 3:16:44 PM Green_lantern40
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* Cynthia is also implied to have been one at the time of her suicide.

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* ** Cynthia is also implied to have been one at the time of her suicide.
18th May '17 3:16:04 PM Green_lantern40
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* Cynthia is also implied to have been one at the time of her suicide.
* AlliterativeName: Elise Elliot, Shelly Stewart, and one heck of an example in Gunilla Garson Goldberg.
18th May '17 3:01:21 PM Green_lantern40
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* ButchLesbian: Most, if not all, of the women in the gay bar scene.

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* ButchLesbian: Most, if not all, of the women in the gay bar scene. One also mistakes Morty for one when Brenda shows her his picture.


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* CreatorCameo: The late Olivia Goldsmith, who wrote the original book, appears as a mourner at Cynthia's funeral.
1st May '17 9:36:15 PM danlansdowne
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* {{Auction}}: To resolve her legal issues with Bill, Elise agrees to sell her extensive collection of furniture, artwork, and other valuables (including Bill's Lamborghini convertible) and split the profits equally with him. She proceeds to sell the whole mess to Annie for $1, and Annie auctions everything off with Duarto and Gunilla encouraging Shelly to buy as much as possible with Morty's money. At the end of the film, the three women use the profits from the auction to found a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

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* {{Auction}}: To resolve her legal issues with Bill, Elise agrees to sell her extensive collection of furniture, artwork, and other valuables (including Bill's Lamborghini convertible) and split the profits equally with him. She proceeds to sell the whole mess to Annie for $1, and Annie auctions everything off with Duarto and Gunilla encouraging Shelly to buy as much as possible with Morty's money. At the end of the film, the three women use the profits from the auction (plus contributions from their unwilling but blackmailed ex-husbands) to found a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
26th Feb '17 8:48:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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When Cynthia's last message reaches them, the trio reconnect and, inspired by the ways in which each of them has been wronged by their ex-husbands, form the First Wives Club and set out to get their own back and take revenge. With the willing assistance of Annie's lesbian daughter Chris Paradis (Jennifer Dundas), aspiring designer Duarto (Bronson Pinchot), and society leader Gunilla Garson Goldberg (Maggie Smith), they have little trouble finding weaknesses in their former husbands' respective armors... particularly when they find that Phoebe [=LaVelle=] is only 16-year-old and Bill can be arrested for statutory rape.

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When Cynthia's last message reaches them, the trio reconnect and, inspired by the ways in which each of them has been wronged by their ex-husbands, form the First Wives Club and set out to get their own back and take revenge. With the willing assistance of Annie's lesbian daughter Chris Paradis (Jennifer Dundas), aspiring designer Duarto (Bronson Pinchot), and society leader Gunilla Garson Goldberg (Maggie Smith), (Creator/MaggieSmith), they have little trouble finding weaknesses in their former husbands' respective armors... particularly when they find that Phoebe [=LaVelle=] is only 16-year-old and Bill can be arrested for statutory rape.



* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Elise Elliot is on her way to becoming this. She is still recognised by her fans, but her career is fading. She is struggling to get a role and when she finally thinks she will be cast as the star of a new film it turns out the young and hip regisseur wants her as the ugly and grotesque Mother. She has undergone major plastic surgery and is an alcoholic. She drunkenly complains about how SeanConnery is 300 years old and "still a stud," while women in Hollywood have only three ages: "babe, District Attorney, and Theatre/DrivingMissDaisy." In her apartment she has an entire room filled with her memorabilia, including prizes she won, gifts etc. Fortunately, by the end of the film she's doing much better thanks to Annie and Brenda's intervention and support.

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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Elise Elliot is on her way to becoming this. She is still recognised by her fans, but her career is fading. She is struggling to get a role and when she finally thinks she will be cast as the star of a new film it turns out the young and hip regisseur wants her as the ugly and grotesque Mother. She has undergone major plastic surgery and is an alcoholic. She drunkenly complains about how SeanConnery Creator/SeanConnery is 300 years old and "still a stud," while women in Hollywood have only three ages: "babe, District Attorney, and Theatre/DrivingMissDaisy." In her apartment she has an entire room filled with her memorabilia, including prizes she won, gifts etc. Fortunately, by the end of the film she's doing much better thanks to Annie and Brenda's intervention and support.
2nd Nov '16 11:44:26 PM leraluna
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* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler; Shelly ends up being this for Morty.]]

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* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler; [[spoiler: Shelly ends up being this for Morty.]]
2nd Nov '16 11:41:58 PM leraluna
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* MyBelovedSmother: Played for laughs with Annie's mother is over-controlling at best, which has given her lifelong self-esteem issues, but also turns when Annie takes things on her own hands that she could be supportive when Annie ''really'' asks for her opinion.
1st Nov '16 11:12:03 AM leraluna
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* CoolUncle: Uncle Carmine is a cool uncle with Mafia connections who offers to his niece to [[IfYouDoAnythingToHurtHer deal with her ex-husband]].

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* CoolUncle: Uncle Carmine is a cool uncle with Mafia connections who offers to his niece to [[IfYouDoAnythingToHurtHer [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer deal with her ex-husband]].ex-husband]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: To a degree, Morty is. [[spoiler: After all, he is guilty of income tax fraud.]]


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* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Brenda works for dilettante interior designer, according to Annie "one of the ten worst interior decorators in New York".


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* TheMole: Annie's daughter gets a job working at her father's advertising firm to spy on him for Annie.


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* RevengeAgainstMen: In spades. The protagonists have been unfairly treated by their ex-husbands and the plot explores their elaborate revenge.
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