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A Good Woman (2004)

Cast: Helen Hunt, Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, more...
Director: Mike Barker, Mike Barker
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Romance
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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One of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays is given a new screen interpretation in this period comedy. In New York in the early '30s, Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) is a widow who lives comfortably through the largesse of several married men, and when she runs out of wealthy suitors in Manhattan, she decides to find greener pastures among the wealthy elite of Italy's Amalfi coast. Mrs. Erlynne sets her sights on Robert Windermere (Mark Umbers), a wealthy Englishman who is married to the young, innocent and very beautiful Meg (Scarlett Johansson). Mrs. Erlynne gingerly tries to separate Robert from his wife and his money, fueling suspicions within Amalfi society as well as the audience that they are involved. Humiliated and ready to beat him at his own game, Meg begins to consider the advances of the handsome Lord Darlington (Stephen Campbell Moore), one of her husband's close friends. In the midst of all the attempted infidelity, the genially eccentric Tuppy (Tom Wilkinson) struggles to win Mrs. Erlynne's hand, while only one of the interconnected parties know that she carries a shocking secret. A Good Woman was based on Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, with its title drawn from that show's subtitle, "A Play About a Good Woman." ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good by talltale June 15, 2006 - 11:11 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A good movie (despite its critical reception), A GOOD WOMAN boasts the year's--perhaps the decade's--most beautiful scenery, costumes, sets and all the rest of the trappings. Since it's based on Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan" (updated, and rather well, to the 1930s), it also has a good story, complete with scandal, sentiment, sacrifice and a little sex (something Wilde only speculated about).

If Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson are not up to the level of Tom Wilkinson and much of the rest of the good British cast, they don't ruin the fun and, in fact, provide a bit of their own. All right, this is NOT vintage Wilde, but the adaptation still has much to recommend it. And should you occasionally grow annoyed at anyone in the foreground, simply feast your eyes on literally anything in the background.

Loved it by MBermillo June 14, 2006 - 11:02 AM PDT
A Good Woman is a movie that I would normally watch by myself, due to the fact that my husband doesn't like these types of movies. While I was watching, the movie caught his attention and he started watching with me. He and I fully enjoyed this movie!

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