A Good Woman (2004) short review

This was so much better than I thought it would be, given how it came and went from the theaters!  Scarlett Johansson and Helen Hunt star in this adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play. Johansson really works as a rich, naive young newlywed staying among expats in Amalfi, Hunt works less so as the man-eating scandalous woman newly come to town.  Aside from Hunt (who isn’t THAT bad), the acting is quite good, they managed to avoid being heavy handed with the Big Reveal, the scenery is gorgeous and the costumes are STUNNING.  Set in 1930, it perfectly captures the transition from the 1920s to the 1930s in the women’s dresses, and there are so many good dresses, hats, and hairdos that it’s just total eye-candy.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.