The Other Woman(2014)
- RatedPG13 /GenreComedy
Hell hath no fury like three woman scorned. Sort of.
A group of women - a wife, a girlfriend and a mistress - all want revenge on the same guy for cheating on them in this romantic comedy-chick flick amalgamation.
High-flying attorney Carly (Cameron Diaz) finally thinks she’s met ‘the one’ — the perfect guy, the yin to her yang — Mark, played by the handsome Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (from TV series ‘Game of Thrones’). He even shows up at her workplace with flowers and drives an Aston Martin.
But when she turns up at his home and is unexpectedly greeted at the door by his wife Kate (Leslie Mann), it all goes pear-shaped. They both then discover that Mark is having yet another affair, in the form of the young, nubile Amber (Kate Upton).
The three women form an unlikely friendship and support group instead of becoming enemies. Together, they plot mutual revenge on the three-timing Casanova.
You would think that someone like director Nick Cassavetes, who is responsible for romantic classics like ‘The Notebook’ and emotional dramas like ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, would be able to handle a movie with some deftness.
But instead of addressing the main subject matter, a partner’s infidelity, the predictable narrative skims over character development and heartbreak in favour of slapstick antics.
Instead of being victimised, the women take control and plan an elaborate takedown involving spiking his drink with laxatives, adding female hormones to Mark’s morning juice and depriving him of sex. The (literal) toilet humour and gags are become a chore to sit through after a while.
It could have been funny, or even empowering, but instead ‘The Other Woman’ is a lacklustre and predictable comedy, with female leads that never quite win you over.
Unfortunately, many of the characters in the film become caricatures instead.
Cameron Diaz, who is way past her prime, has lost her comedic spark and timing. Her performance is uninspired, but then again, that could be due to the bland script.
Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton is the token pretty face and ‘dumb blonde’, whose character in the film is reduced to slow motion running on the beach. She is otherwise forgettable, with her wooden, eyes-glazed-over performance as Amber.
Only Leslie Mann, as the neurotic and clingy Kate, whose perfect "Stepford Wife" life crumbles as she discovers that her husband is cheating on her, salvages the movie. She can barely keep it together, and her borderline deranged performance (vomiting into handbags after a drunken night, piping whipped cream down her throat in her wedding dress to deal with her feelings), is over-the-top hilarious.
The dishy Taylor Kinney (better known as Lady Gaga’s boyfriend these days) plays her brother, the “voice of reason” and the only man privy to the three women’s plans to take down Mark. But yet again, he is underutilised and is just another pretty face.
It’s the perfect kind of movie for a night out with the girls (after a couple of drinks, to help you get through it all) but it offers little else.
'The Other Woman' is now showing in cinemas
The Other Woman