Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Other Woman

The Other Woman
Girl power!
Due to work (Me) and exams (Sarah), making it to the 5 PM premiere of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars proved a Herculean effort, so we decided to postpone the tear fest for another week and instead see The Other Woman by The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes. I don't recall having seen the trailer, but the ladies did have a funny moment at the latest MTV Movie Awards and somehow how I was vaguely intrigued at the prospect of them tackling the "revenge comedy" format.

Lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) can't believe she finally found Mr. Right in Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a man she has been seeing for eight weeks. When he suddenly ditches her to tend to "plumming issues", she decides to not be mad and instead go to his house wearing a sexy outfit. There, she meets Kate (brilliant and cookie This Is 40 star Leslie Mann), who turns out to be Mark's wife. After the shock has set in, the two women begin bonding and eventually become friends. When they find out that Mark has been cheating on them with yet another woman, Amber (Kate Upton), the three of them decide to take revenge.

There are definitely some funny moments here, thanks solely to the duo of Diaz & Mann, but this ain't no Bridesmaids. You'll be hard-pressed to find any smart ideas or original angles in this 109-minute female buddy comedy, and after an hour or so, Cassavetes appeared to have given up trying, safely retreating to the shallow end of the pool. Sure, there's a Nicki Minaj cameo in here, and Kate Upton is nothing bad to look at, but without a good script to fall back on, their fluff doesn't really add anything. If you like Diaz and Mann like I do, go check this out, but if otherwise, I suggest you steer clear of The Other Woman

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