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The First Wives Club: Divorce, Revenge, and a New Book That Teaches You How to Get Along with Your Ex

Divorce. It’s not exactly a happy subject. However, it’s become the subject of numerous television shows and popular movies. Previously blogged about, The First Wives Club (1996) one of my movies that makes me smile: Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.– IMDb. It’s one of the funniest movies about divorce ever. Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, the three actresses are geniuses at comedy,  and when combined, one of the funniest movies comes to light. Plus, the ex husbands aren’t too shabby either; character actors, Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, and Stephen Collins round out the husband cast. Oh yeah, it has Maggie Smith in the mix as well, playing a wealthy divorcee who helps them with their plan. Elizabeth Berkley makes an appearance post-Showgirls, that helped revitalize her image again too.  Revenge has always been the topic of several movies, both comedy and drama. Revenge and divorce seem like the perfect combo. It always has to do with exes not getting along. Always.

There is a new book on the market by Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD. entitled Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids, and Yes, Your Ex. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Rabinor is a therapist who has been practicing for the past three decades. Maybe she should have counseled the main characters in The First Wives Club. It might have helped the women deal with their resentment issues and make it better for the children involved, especially Bette Midler’s character. If you are dealing with a divorce or separation, her book would be good to read. Maybe we can go back to 1996 and super-impose her book into the movie. It could have helped with all the revenge plots.  Her book is available on Amazon and is worth the read. Follow her on Twitter:

And now for one for the revenge scenes. Again, they could have used some serious therapy. Good thing it’s a comedy:

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