The Other Woman

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                I was home with a friend and we were bored.  We decided to look for a movie, but there was really nothing we wanted to watch “On Demand.”  We had heard that The Other Woman was funny, but did we really want to watch another film about a jilted wife and a jilted lover getting together to take revenge on the man that was two-timing them?  Yeah, why not?

                The movie begins with successful attorney Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) who has just started a relationship with businessman Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and things are serious enough for her to want to introduce him to her father (Don Johnson).  But when Mark begs off the dinner with her father due to a plumbing issue in his house, Carly decides to supply him with a happy surprise.  She ends up with a surprise of her own, Mark is married!

                Putting two and two together and realizing that her husband is cheating on her with Carly, Kate King (Leslie Mann) confronts her.  Though Carly initially wants nothing to do with Kate, but when they discover that there is yet another woman Mark has been seeing, they approach and enlist Amber (Kate Upton) in eliciting a little revenge.

                At first, the revenge is simple and sweet, spiking smoothies with Estrogen, substituting shampoo with hair removal cream and the like.  But when the trio discovers that Mark has been embezzling money from the company he works for and setting up Kate to take the fall if he gets caught, the girls, with the help of Kate’s handsome brother (Taylor Kinney), have to step up their game.

                Now, sure, the premise is something that has been done before, but, for some reason, I found much of this movie to be amusing.  The Other Woman is supposed to be a starring role for Cameron Diaz, but Leslie Mann steals the show with her over-the-top emotional response to her husband’s cheating ways.  I enjoyed the various ways the ladies took their revenge on Mark King.  Some were hysterical and some were simply clever.  I also enjoyed Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s very un-Game of Thrones response to having been not only caught, but outsmarted by the women he has cheated on.

                My main issue with the film was the number of scenes in which the girls hugging, snuggling and basically jumping all over one another in what would appear to be some girl-on-girl moments created for the gratitude of the men who have accompanied their women to this chick flick, giving them something to be happy about.

                For an “I’m bored and there’s really nothing else I feel like seeing” movie, The Other Woman was actually a happy surprise, supplying some silly fun to an otherwise boring evening.


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