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The Women

Featuring a cast made up entirely of females, The Women explores the relationships, wagging tongues and mixed advice shared by a group of friends when they try to help one of the group (Mary Haines --played by Meg Ryan) cope with the discovery of her husband's affair with a sexy, store clerk (Eva Mendes). Look for Annette Bening, Debi Mazer, Candice Bergen and Cloris Leachman amongst the ensemble. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Theater Release: 11 Sep 2008
Video Release: 22 Dec 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although there are no men in this film, what unseen male characters are still portrayed and what impact do they have on the women in this story? Why do you think the moviemakers chose not to include any men? Without being able to make our own assessment of Mary’s husband, whose opinion are we forced to accept?

What positive things do Mary’s friends do to support her? What things are more of a hindrance for her? How can a person best help or encourage a friend during difficult times?

What do you think Mary’s mother means when she says there is nothing like a “heavy does of mistress to make a man miss his wife”?

What does this film say about making mistakes? Do you believe betrayal is a part of all relationships? What does Mary learn about forgiveness? What other characters practice letting go of hurt and injury?

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