The Other Woman (2014)

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The Other Woman (2014)
  • Time: 109 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Nick Cassavetes
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton

Storyline:

After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly Whitten tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

4 reviews

  • This film is a true romcom as you can literally split the film into two halves the first half is the rom the second half is the com. However this adds emotion and understanding to the film as it really sets the scene. The second half really does have some eye watering laugh out loud moments. The acting was great and the filming is superb. Despite being a ‘chickflick’ i didn’t find it particularly predictable or too cliché. In fact there was one part of the film that was so unexpected i actually jumped a little in my seat in the cinema but so did a few others. Strongly recommend the film to anyone, my husband watched it with me and he too was just as impressed as i was.

  • Definitely turned out better than I expected! For the first half hour or so, I was wondering when the laughs would start, but then the real comedy begun. This movie actually made me laugh out loud throughout.
    Cameron Diaz was funny, as usual, but Leslie Mann’s performance pushed the film to a higher level. They both are so funny apart but they’re even more hilarious together.
    Yes, it’s a chick flick, but a bit different than all the others, as the plot is far from your typical romantic couple scenario.
    The story is simple, well written and does not drag on with boring dialogue as these ladies keep you entertained throughout and will have you howling in your seat with the humorous pranks they pull in this effective and very funny, revenge driven comedy. Surprisingly entertaining movie!

  • The Other Woman 2.5/10- Almost all romantic comedies tend to be poorly made films with no plot of any kind other than the common cliches that plague the genre. Even with Leslie Mann giving an above-average performance while carrying all of the comedy in the film, The Other Woman is no exception.

    Aside from the scenes of Kate Upton on the beach, Leslie Mann is really the only enjoyable part of the film. Anyone who saw the film would agree that Leslie Mann is the only person in the film that has any talent for comedy. Yes, Cameron Diaz has some funny moments in this picture, but those are really only because Leslie Mann is in those scenes and is forced to carry the scene. I do not know if this is entirely fair because Leslie Mann is definitely given the best role, but still good comedic actors always find a way to be funny regardless of what role they are cast in.

    The plot is nothing to talk about as I said earlier. This film really does not try to differentiate itself from the probably 15 romantic comedies of the past year. There are a few subtle changes that is at least creative and definitely show potential, but with poor execution and lack of funny actors, this movie adds nothing to the genre.

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  • Towards the end of the 2014 release The Other Woman, the antagonist (translation: Mark the infidelity king played by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) runs into 2 glass walls (in a fit of rage) and gets punched by Don Johnson. His nose is supposed to be all bloodied up but it looks a lot like chocolate sauce (huh?). Now did the filmmakers run over budget and were unable to get red dye no. whatever corn syrup or am I just color blind? Anyway, if you like the sight of brown fluid running down a person’s face and the image of a huge dog taking a poop on a plastered living room floor, well this is the movie for you.

    Written by newcomer Melissa Stack, containing the tired old adage of toilet humor (can’t we just give this gag a rest), and featuring a creepy dad cameo by Don “Sonny Crockett” Johnson, The Other Woman represents a classic example of a mixed review for me. The film opens with Manhattan power lawyer and independent, dating machine Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz). Right from the get go, she starts a relationship with a rich businessman named Mark King (Coster-Waldau). Little does she know that King has a wife back in Connecticut. And along with dating Whitten on the side, King has another mistress in a young model type named Amber (played by Kate “I think it’s just sweat” Upton). When these three women find out that they are being duped by the same guy (who also maybe stealing from them), they devise a plan to make him feel pain and remorse for what he’s been doing. As expected, I checked the amount of length for “Other” and it came out to be about an hour and 50 minutes. Sadly though, this thing became one long running joke that seemed to feel more like three arduous hours.

    Now in order for The Other Woman to function as a movie, it has to allow Diaz, Upton, and Mann’s characters to be friends. Otherwise, the film would not have a plot device to hang its hat on. You could just let things pan out with Mann getting revenge herself. But there would be no female camaraderie, and hence, no real movie. Here’s the thing though: in real life I can’t say that these women would ever actually become bosom buddies. I mean, would Mann’s Kate King really try to track down and befriend the woman who wrecked her marriage? Seriously? And what’s up with the Cameron Diaz character being mean and closed off when initially meeting Kate. Honestly, what the heck did Kate ever do tick Carly (Diaz) off? Oh and I almost forgot, the Diaz character is a successful attorney but you never see her do a lick of work, or actually say something complex about the law, or even talk like a lawyer. Diaz is pulling in about $18 million per movie these days. I hope she talks with her agent next time about fleshing out her character a little more. Just a thought.

    Anyway, there is a man behind the camera and it’s Nick Cassavetes directing in the classic Nick Cassavetes style. I’ve seen his work in Alpha Dog and John Q and I happen to like both of them. He films scenes with never ending, improvisational, fleeting, and grating dialogue. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. He always has a big name cast and rarely uses his stars for more than one flick (with the exception of strong character actor David Thornton). I think he hits hard with drama (in a good way) but does he have the chops to succeed with physical PG-13 comedy (as with the film I’m reviewing)? That remains to be seen. Most of the material in The Other Woman is supposed to be rip-roaring and funny. However, it comes off more as strained than anything else.

    In terms of the acting, I’d have to say that it wasn’t spectacular. But if you look really closely, everyone involved is almost perfect for their roles. A lot of it had to do with looks I think. Kate Upton is not much of an actress (yet) but seems like a perfect fit for the younger object of affection for Mark’s midlife crisis ordeal. Leslie Mann is ideal playing the suffering housewife but there is only so much of her that I can take. She improvises to the point where it becomes almost trivial. Her acting style worked in Knocked Up and This Is 40. Here it doesn’t even feel like she even read the script, and basically she let’s it rip to the point where it’s just too much to handle. Then there is Taylor Kinney playing Mann’s character’s sister. He doesn’t do much with an underdeveloped role. But here’s the thing: I think he’s gonna be a huge movie star one day, just a hunch. Finally as mentioned earlier, we have Coster-Waldau playing the slimy, cheating husband and it’s a brilliant piece of casting. Again, it’s not Oscar caliber stuff but it’s totally head shot mastery as far as I’m concerned.

    All in all, I’d say that The Other Woman kinda ends in two parts. The first part involves the wrapping up of a revenge tale brought on by three completely different, yet formed by sisterhood, ladies. The second part during the closing credits, shows a cliched device in which we see a subtitled foretelling of what these ladies went on to do in their lives I guess maybe 2-3 years later (this whole labored bit started with 1973’s American Graffiti, I’m serious). Their outcomes and futures seem pat and not realistic. But again, I’ll leave you with another cliched device in Hollywood, the saying “it’s only a movie”.

    To conclude, as a force of habit I looked at a review in which a critic said that women will enjoy this film and get the humor. I kinda agree with that. Men on the other hand, be forewarned. This is not completely a so-called “chick flick” but there were a couple of moments when I thought I was entering “chick flick” purgatory (that’s not good). Bottom line: whether you’re a man or a woman, see The Other Woman at your own risk. If you realized you’ve made a mistake, well there’s always something playing in the “other” theater next door.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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