Tuesday, June 10, 2008

88 Lines About 44 Women

Or, to be slightly more accurate... "37 lines about 7 women" Below you'll find the trailer for the Picturehouse release The Women. Y'all know I'm dying waiting, breathless in anticipation. Not because I approve of remakes of classics, because I dont. Not because I think anyone can measure up to the triple threat of Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford from the original, because I don't. Not for any other reasons than these:
  1. I think Meg Ryan deserves a fairer shake at a comeback.   
  2. I am gaga for The Bening (duh!
  3. I love films about women. Don't care that the larger world doesn't... or that each new smash female-centric film (Juno, Enchanted, Sex & The City) is treated as a fluke even though they've all happened in the last 8 months. Don't care! Love my actresses. 

As for the actual trailer. It looks a bit, um, frantic... but I already know that Annette Bening will rule all. Not that this a particularly risky prediction, because it isn't.


Walter L. Hollmann said...

the best thing about the trailer is the Duffy song. that, and Annette's: "I know, can you believe that?"

RahulB said...

I would strongly avoid the IMDb message boards when it comes to Sex and the City...it's pretty disconcerting to see how little we've come.


you know. I hear this all the time and I wonder why anybody goes to those boards who isn't part of the homophobic, misogynistic, racist, particular culture of the internet.

it's the same with the comment threads on "youtube" and aint-it-cool-news years ago (haven't been there in a long time)

i use YouTube and IMDB a lot but i rarely look at the comments. why do people continue to read them?

RJ said...

Am I allowed to say this trailer looks tragic?

Hayden said...

Some thoughts:

1. Meg Ryan's voice makes me smile. Without fail. Especially when she gets upset.

"You?! This isn't happening to you!"

I'm glad her part looks so sizeable. And she looks great in the scene where her hair is straight.

2. I already love the way that Bening's character plays off the others. It looks like a great dynamic.

3. I really hope that Debra Messing is funny and not stupid. I love her and I hope her comic relief doesn't flop.

4. Jada Pinkett looks like a lot of fun. I wish she'd get more of these roles instead of Queen Latifah.

5. Who can resist Candice Bergen playing Candice Bergen? That woman's got charisma. Especially in a suit.

6. I love seeing Cloris Leachman. She gave my favorite Oscar speech ever.


rural --of course you are. we shall see... the debra messing bits worry me (a lot) but I love Annette and i have an on and off fondness for Meg Ryan (of the triumverate of 90s rom/com queens I'm puzzled that it's not cool to hate sandra bullock and julia roberts but meg has been deemed hateable)

hayden --i'm not big on candice bergen but that line delivery did get a chuckle from me.

Anonymous said...

I think this will...
suck... like A LOT O__O
I hope Bening can save the movie o.o

Anonymous said...

I am as good as there when it opens !

They're not aiming to remake Citizen Kane.

Just go with it ... ENJOY !!!

Anonymous said...

I had high hopes (I kinda still have), but after I saw the trailer I went like... wtf?
If my brain had an on/off switch I would enjou a whole lotta more movies XD

Cinesnatch said...

With The Women, How to Make Friends & Alieniate People and He's Just Not That Into You, there's bound to be a bomb or two in the bunch, especially considering that lots of them are probably "Sexed" out.

Cinesnatch said...

them being Women, gay men and the lot.

Anonymous said...

I think it looks like fun. And that's pretty good, considering that I don't like Meg Ryan, I have no feelings for Jada Pinkett Smith, and I REALLY can't stand Debra Messing.

But I liked the original, and part of the fun of it is that it's a whole CAST of women, it's a good thing that there's a variety of actresses, some of which you like and some of which you don't.

Bening looks like she's going to be a lot more sympathetic than Rosalind Russell in the first one - Russell was essentially giving the heroine bad advice. And Mendez looks terrific - just EXACTLY what the part calls for.

And it's a pretty strong statement really, that you can have a whole movie that's entertaining and there isn't a single male in the cast. Sadly, that's still a daring thing.

Glenn said...

I haven't seen the original, so I don't have those glasses on when viewing the trailer, but I don't think it looks that bad. The repoitee between the ladies looks like a lot of fun. I particularly enjoyed Bening's "Not now!" to JPS.

I actually - dare I say - find Debra Messing quite amusing. She just charms me with her complete lack of charm (if you will).

Joe Reid said...

I wouldn't say it's "not cool" to hate on Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock. They both have more than their share of ardent detractors.

That being said, Meg Ryan looks to be the least of this movie's worries.