Movie Review: The Other Woman
A womanizing creep tries to have his cake and eat it too till the women in his life conspire against him. In the Other Woman, Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a handsome wealthy and seems to be wonderful guy dating Carly (Cameron Diaz), a successful lawyer who has never been in a relationship with a guy this amazing before. Most guys run their course pretty quickly and end up with nicknames, she’s the stereotypical career woman who wasn’t looking to settle down but she found what she thinks is the one, until the night she shows up at his house dressed like a sexy plumber and a messy woman in grandma’s nightgown answers the do saying she’s his wife. Busted? Or maybe not.
Carly decides she’s walking away can’t be bothered with a guy who’s married but his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) tracks her down to cry and basically beg her to be be her friend. Kate is the not so bright, wife who wears odd clothing tries weird things and has no life because we have to make it her as different from Carly as possible. Its really weird how self-depreciating her character is. She literally has to beg cry and bond over vodka to get Carly to feel bad for her. Kate still loves her husband and at some point figures he’s going to chance but well he has a 3rd girlfriend. We have Amber (Kate Upton) all boobs and smile and even dimmer than Kate. Mark tells her he’s divorced. We casually see Mark will hit on anything that has a vagina and breathes. The Other Woman tries to remind us that Mark’s the bad guy after various points of having his wife Kate look he should have left her anyway.
When I went to see this film there was a lot of free wine. The winery featured in The Other Woman for roughly 20 seconds gave out samples and I laughed in a lot of the physical comedy areas. Cameron Diaz enjoys comedy and whenever she did her funny bits it worked but the constant self-depreciating role of Kate grates so much. What’s supposed to be a women seek revenge film is lazily put together and highly predictable. Guy cheats on wife with mistress 1, cheats on mistress 1 with 2, cheats on 2 with 3. There aren’t enough hours in the day for him to keep all these women straight. When the 3 plot to take him down and do successfully its still predictable but exactly where it wants the audience to go. Also in the Other Woman are Don Johnson as Carly’s 5 times divorced dad Frank, who is always looking for a newer pretty model and Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney) the nice architect who connects with Carly. Nicki Minaj is also in this as Carly’s vapid, useless secretary. I don’t even get why shes in this. There’s no way someone like Carly would have that incompetent of an assistant.
I realize the amount of wine I had had a lot to do with what I liked about The Other Woman. There is some comedy in it and that is enjoyable but that doesn’t change that the plot doesn’t really work. Is it a girl-power movie? A revenge comedy? The Other Woman isn’t sure either.
My Rating: Redbox
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Run time: 109 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13