Source: Catholic News Service
Lackluster third filming of Clare Booth Luce's classic 1936 comedy set against a contemporary fashion and publishing backdrop, as a clothing designer (Meg Ryan) learns her husband is having an affair with a perfume sales gal (Eva Mendes), and fights to win him back with the help of her friends (Annette Bening, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett-Smith). Director and writer Diane English has greatly diluted the witty original, making it more a sentimental "chick flick" with feminist overtones, while the capable all-female cast members—including Bette Midler, Candice Bergen and Carrie Fisher—prove less memorable than their forebears. Some crude words, profanity and sexual banter; a scene in a lesbian bar; adultery; some casual attitudes toward sexuality; a lengthy childbirth sequence; and brief drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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