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The First Wives Club

Friday, November 27, 2020

In 1996, The First Wives Club hit the theaters.It’s based on a novel of the the same name, 1992, written by Olivia Goldsmith. It was so good,a musical, sit-com & a Korean sit-com, too.OK, the movie started with 4 best friends had just graduated from college & we’re ready to take on the world. Flash forward to 1996. The ladies have their own lives going on & had lost touch. All 4 of them had been married. We see Cynthia, the ringleader in college, wandering around her plush penthouse, wearing here fur coat, drinking & smoking, tearfully dabbing her eyes. She gave her maid her own pearl necklace (Cynthia had given each friend a matching per necklace), then gave the maid letters to post. Alone, she climbed over the balcony rail & took a swan dive. Her friends found out from the national media that she had died, after being divorced from her husband, Gil. (Cynthia had Gil & her influence & money made him rich. Then he turned her out for a replacement - need I say younger? - woman.



The other ladies meet up @ the funeral. They haven’t been much better. Annie has been married, now separated (but still making booty calls when Aaron, hubby calls.) Annie has self-esteem issues. She’s trying to work it out with her therapist - she & Aaron are both seeing the same therapist, but Annie doesn’t know Aaron is making booty calls to the therapist - bad therapist! Annie’s adult daughter had recently come out to her mom that she’s gay. (Annie’s mother is also trying to get Annie to get more backbone & self-esteem.



Brenda was married to Morty for long enough to have a son about to have his Bar mitzvih. She had helped Morty build his furniture fortune. Again, dumped, problems with money.
Elise is an aging actress, fighting tooth & lips to keep her youthful looks. Her husband informed her he wants half of the assets from the marriage... & he has a very young mistress. She’s also a hard drinker.

That’s Elise in the big hat & lips. Brenda on the right side.


OK, so the guys are basically jerks. After the funeral, they had a long lunch, swapping stories & how badly they were treated. They decide they want revenge. Put a group of ex-wives in the same room & stories will be swapped. They decide to get satisfaction. Yada, yada, yada, & the gals are investigating their ex’s ... Brenda found out Morty committed income tax fraud. Elise has pretty much of the possessions (including the Lamborghini) taken from his office, the apartment, & other home. Annie arranged to have her daughter Chris work for her ex. (Chris is definitely on the women’s team). They get Gunilla, a fabulously rich socialite, who was, according to to Annie, The a “first wife, as well as a "second, third and fourth wife”.She enters quite happily to check out Morty’s high rise home ( she got an interior designer, Duarto Feliz, that Brenda works for.) Oh, these many intertwining strands!). Chris reports to Annie that 2 of the associates that works Aaron ant to sell out. Way back when, Annie helped Aaron set up the business. If only she had the money ... Oh, wait - Elise can sell all of the stuff she had repossessed (pending liquidations of said items). She’ll sell it low to the auction & give the balance to Annie.




Brenda pumps up the the auction when it goes too low)


Brenda gets her Sicilian uncle help he interrogate Morty. He agrees to help the ladies so he doesn’t go to jail for tax fraud. Aaron is about to be kicked out of his company. Bill is confronted by Elise & shown evidence his girlfriend is on 16 (she had lied to Bill).Trapped, the gals had the men renovate one of Elise’s building to make it a support program for women. Let’s see - the underaged actress left town.Morty’s skinny Minnie dumps him & hooked up with Bill. Morty decides he is tired of trying to keep up with a younger woman - Brenda stills loves him, & he decides he loves her. Yay! The gals sing & dance to “You Don’t Own Me” by Leslie Gore.



You don't own me
I'm not just one of your many toys
You don't own me
Don't say I can't go with other boys


(Confronting Elise about her drinking)

And don't tell me what to do
Don't tell me what to say
And please, when I go out with you
Don't put me on display 'cause
You don't own me


(I mean, it’s like plastic surgery’s like good grooming”

Don't try to change me in any way
You don't own me
Don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay
I don't tell you what to say
I don't tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That's all I ask of you


(When asked why she didn’t play her own age for movies)

I'm young, and I love to be young
I'm free, and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please
And don't tell me what to do


(For sleeping with an underage girl)

Oh, don't tell me what to say
And please, when I go out with you
Don't put me on display
I don't tell you what to say
Oh, don't tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That's all I ask of you



I'm young, and I love to be young
I'm free, and I love to be free


(Ivana Trump made a quick walk-on)


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