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Summer is winding down, so it’s time to ask ourselves a very important question: When will the weddings end, already?
Wedding season is as linked to the warmer months as beach time or sweaty commutes, and depending on your age and your friends, it can be a very long few months of cocktail dresses and catching bouquets.
If you’re sick of the season, curl up by yourself this weekend with these five films that are the perfect palate cleanser after too many nuptials.
If you enjoy listening to You Don’t Own Me: The First Wives Club
Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton will win your heart as three friends who reconnect after their divorces – and share a need for revenge against their husbands. In addition to its iconic use of the Lesley Gore song, the film is smart and funny and makes you feel giddy while you watch
Stream it on Amazon.
Being witchy is in this year, which is great news for fans of this ’90s cult film. It follows a coven of not-ready-for-prime-time witches including Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True), Nancy (Fairuza Balk) and Sarah (Robin Tunney). It’s a tale of revenge, being careful what you wish for and friendship. Also a good choice, if you’re looking for more witches: The Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman vehicle Practical Magic.
Stream it on Netflix.
If you loved The Crown: Elizabeth
You know who never had a wedding? Queen Elizabeth I. The celebrated English queen ran her country solo to great effect, and this biopic starring Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, shows her taking over the throne and reigning in her early years.
Stream it on Starz.
If your friends are your family: Waiting to Exhale
Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon anchor the 1995 movie about four women going through life trials with love and career and family. But even if the men in their lives disappoint them, they are always there for each other in the emotional and heart-warming film.
Stream it on Starz.
If you want a beautiful diversion: Under the Tuscan Sun
The 2003 film, starring Diane Lane and Sandra Oh, is pure escapist fare, following a woman who buys a villa in Tuscany on an impulse after her husband leaves her. There are beautiful scenes, beautiful people and the sense that you can completely unmake and remake your life at the drop of a hat.
Rent it on Amazon.
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