Friday, April 25, 2014
Movie Review: The Other Woman
This movie is hard to review, because overall I enjoyed it, but I've also seen much funnier comedies. I also feel that in real life this would never happen - I would never be friends with my husband's mistress, even if said mistress didn't actually know she was dating someone's husband. Since this is a film, we can overlook this; but still, I thought the movie could have been better in general.
City girl Carly (Cameron Diaz) works as a high-powered attorney at a law firm. She's started dating the perfect guy, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and in fact has even given up her "roster" of guys to exclusively date him. There's only one problem, which she finds out in a most embarrassing way: he's married to Kate (Leslie Mann), whom he lives with in Connecticut. Kate tracks Carly down at work the day after Carly shows up in Connecticut, and after some bonding, they try to figure out a way so that Mark gets what he deserves. While they're stalking him, they figure out he has another mistress, Amber (Kate Upton), and they tell her the truth about him and recruit them for their "team."
This movie was a weird cross between The First Wives Club (1996) and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (friendship-wise), in my opinion. First Wives Club was a little different in that all three of the women's husbands left them for younger versions of themselves, but the themes are basically the same: women teaming up to give men what they deserve. I will say that at the beginning of this movie, Leslie Mann's character seemed very shrill and unfunny, but as the movie went on, her character started to improve; by the end of the film, I was liking her character, although my favorite was Diaz's because she was calm, cool, and collected at work but was still able to let her hair down with Mann's character in some scenes.
Maybe see this film. The ending and the beginning were both the best parts, but the middle seemed to lag a little. This would be a fun movie to see with some of your best girlfriends, but I wouldn't pay more than a matinee price for it. The acting was overall good, and the story was interesting, but it could have been much funnier, especially with the talent they had to work with - the Mann/Diaz/Upton team as well Don Johnson as Diaz's father and Nicki Minaj as Diaz's surprisingly funny secretary. Like I said, this would be a good movie for a matinee or a rainy day, but I wouldn't rush to the theater to see it; there are better choices out there right now.
The Other Woman is in theaters today, April 25th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 109 minutes. 3 stars out of 5.