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:

Time Warp Tuesdays: Volume 1

There are certain shows I wish I could see again. Some I can, thanks to the beauty of Netflix and Youtube, some have been harder to find. But, I decided to compile a  list of shows I loved as a kid that make me want to go back 20 or 25 years. There will be a series of volumes with this in the next few weeks as well, so if you’re thinking of a show that’s not included in this particular list, just wait a while until part 2 for more shows!

Under the Umbrella Tree (1986-1993, from Canada): I LOVED this show as a kid. Imported from CBC in Canada, …Umbrella Tree aired on the Disney channel. Holly (a human), Iggy (an iguana), Jacob (a Blue Jay), and Gloria (a gopher). The show’s title is derived from the fact that the characters live together in a home featuring a prominent indoor umbrella tree.–Wikipedia

Sweet Valley High (1994-1997): Airing on mostly Fox stations and then UPN, this was my first foray into really being engrossed in teen drama. Granted, I watched 90210, but I was so young when it aired that I didn’t understand it. It wasn’t until my preteen years that this show came around, and it was one of my favorites. I also loved that it was originally a book series so I could “read along” with the series.

Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics (1987-1988): Airing on Nickelodeon, this was what I thought anime was for the longest time. There is a special place in my heart for this show. And to be honest, I still enjoy finding clips of this on YouTube. Plus, it dealt with fairy tales, and I’ve always loved a good fairy tale. The quality of this series is amazing.

Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre (1982-1987) : If there were a gold standard for nostalgic television shows, this would be it for me. It was, and still is, one of my favorite series of all time. Ever. With all-star guest stars and wonderfully imaginative production values, this is series that can stand the test of time and be passed down. When and if I have children, they will be watching this on DVD. THAT’S how much I LOVE this show. You can find full episodes on YouTube, Netflix and Hulu. It still has quite the cult following 30 years after it originally aired too.

Welcome Freshmen (1991-1993): Airing on Nickelodeon, I was seven when this debuted, and to be honest, even I thought it was cheesy. At seven. That being said, I’d love to see it again, simply due to the fact that I’d probably understand it more now. Now that I look at the credits, Saved by the Bell & Welcome Freshmen must’ve had the same graphics designer. Oh, the 90s.

Hey Dude (1989-1991): Airing on Nickelodeon, it starred Christine Taylor before she was Mrs. Ben Stiller in her acting/television debut. It also made me want to move to the southwest and live on a ranch. Strangely, it’s also one of the series that made me want to act on TV.