- 1 hr 54 min
The Women is a movie starring an impressive cast of well known actresses. The story centers around the lives of four women who have been friends for many years. Each woman has her own story which revolves around her relationships, her career and her personal struggles. The center plot involves the life of Mary, played by Meg Ryan. Mary is a successful fashion designer married to an equally successful financial planner. They have a daughter and live in an upscale area of town with all of the luxuries their lifestyle affords. Through a series of unexpected events, Mary discovers her husband is having an affair with one of the sales girls in a store she frequents. Mary learns this information from her best friend Sylvie, who had gone to the nail salon within the store where the manicurist inadvertently divulged the information without knowing it would get back to Mary. Mary exerts her strong side by going to the department to confront the girl herself. She also receives support from all of her friends in her choice to file for a divorce. The lives of Mary's friends are also woven into the storyline of the movie to add interest and additional conflict. Edie, played by Debra Messing, is expecting a new baby when Mary goes through all of her struggles. The women often have their own interpersonal struggles as Edie often feels Mary is not as supportive of her pregnancy as she should be. Amidst the struggle Mary has with her husband and the divorce she also ends up leaving the job she has working for her father. She has always dreamed of owning her own fashion design studio and decides to make a clean start by pursuing her dream. As the story draws to a conclusion, Mary's husband ends the affair he has with the sales girl and wants to make an effort to reclaim his marriage. Edie goes into labor and has her new baby, while Mary's best friend Sylvie, played by Annette Bening, gets her new magazine off the ground. Mary ends up having a fashion show for her new line which is extremely successful as well. The movie also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Eva Mendes, Cloris Leachman and Candice Bergen as Mary's mother.