HELL HATH NO FURY

THE FIRST WIVES CLUB PACKS MULTIPLEXES WITH WOMEN WHO RECOGNIZE THE PLOT AND WELCOME THE MESSAGE: GET EVEN, THEN GET OVER IT

They're showing up at movie theaters en masse--some, like the 15 members of a women's group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in stretch limos and evening gowns. They're calling in to drive-time radio stations, like Raleigh, North Carolina's WRAL-FM, which solicited listeners' divorce horror stories and revenge fantasies--and found its switchboards lighted up like Times Square. And they're throwing parties, like the one last week for Patti Kenner's 52nd birthday, in which 60 of her female friends gathered for cocktails, then adjourned to a Manhattan theater to hoot and laugh their way through all 105 minutes of The First Wives Club. Even though...

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