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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB.
Wow, so basically, I went into The Other Woman expecting a bunch of… nothing. Most of the plot is given away by the title and description and by the trailers out there, so it’s not as though there is a whole lot of anticipation to deal with in this feature. The Other Woman depends, almost entirely, on the ability of the actors to carry the script and the filmmakers to make these two hours worth moviegoers’ time.
It absolutely is worth it. Cameron Diaz and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau open the film as Carly Whitten and Mark King, making out heavily after having recently met each other. We’re then walked through a tender overview of the development of their relationship – doing things together that, typically, married men wouldn’t be able to get away with. Dates in broad daylight, right outside of work. Public and blatant displays of affection. Late-night stay-overs. The whole nine. Then Mark wakes up in bed next to his wife, and in waltzes wife Kate King (Leslie Mann).
From there on out, it’s a pretty rapid roll getting to Kate and Carly’s unfortunate acquaintance. Kate shows up at Carly’s workplace and makes a scene upon the realization that her husband has been cheating on her, and most of the comic relief of the film rests on her ditzy and overdramatic nature, but in all actuality, I related to her more than any other one of the characters. Her husband was clearly a piece of shit, but she’s so dependent on him – and has been for so long – that I believed in her desperation and disbelief.
However, I think it was the friendship element of the movie, more than the actual plot line, that won me over. There’s actually a scene where Kate, Carly and third “other” woman Amber (Kate Upton) one by one join each other on the beach, and they end up cuddled up on the shore, that – no lie – had me catching a case of warm fuzzies. How often is it that women in cinema – or anything, really – are not only depicted with any kind of personality (I’M LOOKIN’ AT YOU, MAN OF STEEL! Ugh!) but with camaraderie the likes of which these three achieve?
I don’t know, I just really enjoyed the combination of hilarious dialogue, realistic relationships and the tale of revenge against a motherfucker of a husband. Cheaters are absolutely not my cup of tea, so watching three women, each with their own strengths and motivations in mind, take down a powerhouse male delighted the shit outta me.
Just do yourself a favor, okay? See The Other Woman. If for nothing else than the cast of absolutely beautiful people who feature in it and the hilarious shenanigans of Leslie Mann’s character, Kate. Overlook Nicki Minaj’s involvement. Her part is minimal.