The Other Woman

2014-05-02 10:36
 
What it's about:

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman tries to get her ruined life back on track. But, when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on, she realises that they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the cheating, lying, three-timing S.O.B.

What we thought:
I can sum this movie up in one line; this is John Tucker Must Die for grownups. While the latter entertained me when I was younger, you’ll have to do a bit more than petty revenge tricks to keep the older me entertained; I am after all the target audience.

Three women who would have never met any other way become unlikely friends when they bond to take down a lying cheating man, of course, the type of thing that will only ever happen in the movies. Moving on.

The plot and its characters are predictable. Carly (Cameron Diaz) is a high powered New York attorney who  has it all except a man ‘cause you know woman cannot have it all. She’s a bit jaded but she still believes in love. Kate (Leslie Mann) is the naive stay at home Stepford wife who is oblivious to her husband, Mark’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) cheating ways. She is however the brains behind her husband’s successful business. Amber (Kate Upton) is a 22 year old bombshell, the definition of every man’s walking midlife crisis waiting to happen. Oh and then there’s Lydia (Nicki Minaj), Carly’s assistant who gives her sage advice about dating a married man.

Carly, Kate and Amber’s friendship is solidified through binge drinking, playing dress up with each other’s clothes and braiding each other’s hair. Yawn.

The comedy is below the belt all at the expense of Mark. He gets fed female hormone tablets, laxatives and his shampoo is replaced with hair remover.

I’ve never really been a Diaz fan as her acting has never really left much of an impression on me. She is unconvincing in this role, one moment a hard-ass the next a regretful bestie, at some points she tries too hard. I did enjoy Mann’s somewhat neurotic character. I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for her. At the end of the movie her character is the only one that showed growth. Upton is only there for the eye candy and the running Baywatch bikini shots.

While the movie might have had good intentions about sisterhood, it fails dismally with the stereotypical portrayal of female friendships and high school revenge tricks. I’d like to think that the modern woman is smart and would find more ingenious ways to get back at a cheating lover. And when it comes to a good female buddy comedy, Bridesmaids and The Heat have set the bar high.


A lacklustre attempt at a female buddy comedy.
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Shanna 2014/05/05 2:22 PM
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Biased review due to the fact that the writer does not like Cameron Diaz. Reviews are supposed to be impartial..
Julie Koekemoer 2014/05/06 8:02 AM
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With all due respect to the writer of the review, I highly doubt that the producers aimed for a deep rooted lesson or attempted to highlight good values. Nothing wrong with slapstick comedy every now and then
Lilly 2014/05/06 11:04 AM
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I've watched the movie and I love it! it is funny and I personally think that Cameron did a great job for the role. She is suppose to play "a hard-ass and the next moment a regretful bestie" afterall she is a tough and ruthless lawyer as stated in the dialog and she did sleep with another woman's husband. she is suppose to feel guilt otherwise you would be condoning Nicki's advice of which i get the idea you are against. If you remember the roles you would know that Kate Upton was just a hot mistress whereas Mark admitted that Cameron was more than that and Leslie is the wife. This obviously means that Kate must portray her role as just a hot young thing. I personally disagree with the review and find it too subjective.
KK 2014/05/06 4:22 PM
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Really terrible movie, spot on review
Lori 2014/05/13 4:21 PM
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Excellent movie - its your true "chick flick", very entertaining. Cameron Diaz did a great job.
Ina 2014/05/29 1:56 PM
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EXCELLENT
Michelle 2014/06/19 4:50 PM
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I loved this movie!!!
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