The Women

1939 NR 2h 12m DVD

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The Women

1939 NR 2h 12m DVD
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George Cukor directs an all-female cast in this catty tale about battling and bonding between friends and enemies that was edgy for its time -- and is considered the ultimate women's movie of the 1930s. Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and other Hollywood leading ladies are among the array of husband-snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies who argue and gossip about each other at astonishing breakneck speed.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French, Portuguese
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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Reviews

age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this old-fashioned comedy will be appreciated most by filmgoers who delight in the culture, charm, and artistry of old movies. It will not be of interest to most younger kids. Divorce is a core plot device and a young child is shown terribly upset at the prospect of her parents separating. As was typical in 1939, the few visible African-American women are portrayed only as servants. With one exception (a self-professed "old maid writer"), the women at the center of the story have neither careers nor involvement in any activities other than gossiping, shopping, visiting beauty salons, and witty repartee. They're either wealthy, indulged, and defined by their husbands, or they're predators, on the lookout for rich men to marry.

Sexual Content

Philandering husband is referred to as "stepping out" on wife; woman seen in bubble bath, no nudity.

Violence

Two dogs growl and bare teeth at each other in opening scene.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Some of the women are gossipy, selfish, back-stabbing, and seem to enjoy their "friends" being hurt. This behavior is meant to get laughs. Most misconduct is shown to have consequences. African-American women are depicted only as servants.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many of the female characters smoke cigarettes throughout the movie; this was common in 1939. Champagne consumed in moderation within a few scenes, whiskey in one other.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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