It may be a mistake to first read the Olivia Goldsmith novel that inspired this female "buddy" flick--Brenda, the character played by Bette Midler, gets a radically hetero makeover here--but it's good mainstream entertainment nonetheless. Midler has strong chemistry with co-stars Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn. Hawn particularly has a wickedly good time parodying herself and probably most of that era's Hollywood actresses of a certain age...
...And speaking of Actresses of a Certain Age, Dame Maggie Smith is witty fun as an elegant First, Second and Third Wife who lends the ladies a knowing hand.

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