The Other Woman

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Carly, an attorney, has just started a relationship with Mark, a man she had sex with eight weeks prior. She is upset when Mark tells her he has to go out of town but decides to go over to his house to seduce him. She is horrified to meet Kate, Mark’s wife. While initially hostile, the two women befriend one another. Kate then discovers that Mark is seeing another woman, whom she initially believes to be Carly, but both she and Carly discover that Mark is seeing a third woman, Amber.

Carly and Kate travel to the beach, where Kate has a run-in with Amber, and the two women inform her that Mark has been cheating on all of them. They decide to take revenge. They spike his drinks with estrogen to give him breasts and a laxative to cause him diarrhea, and put hair-removal cream in his shampoo. In the course of carrying out their pranks, they discover that Mark has been embezzling from various companies at his workplace. Meanwhile, Carly begins to connect romantically with Kate’s brother Phil. In addition, Amber confides to Carly that she is seeing someone else as well. However, their camaraderie begins to fall apart when Kate finds herself falling in love with Mark again after an investor’s dinner. Carly exposes Mark’s fraud, upsetting Kate.

Later, when Mark goes to the Bahamas on a supposed business trip, Kate decides to follow him there and expose him. She finds Carly and Amber at the airport, who explain what Mark has been up to – using Kate as the owner of the companies he defrauded, which if discovered would result in her going to prison. She also finds out that Mark has been seeing yet another woman: someone he has met on this trip. This, and the possibility of facing prison, motivate Kate to take action with the help of Carly’s legal expertise.

When Mark returns from vacation, he visits Carly at her office. He is locked in the conference room by Carly’s assistant and friend, Lydia, and is shocked to find all three women who proceed to confront him with his infidelities and embezzlement. With Carly as her attorney, Kate presents divorce papers and a list of their assets. Kate reveals that she has returned the embezzled money to the companies, which saves the couple from prison time but leaves Mark bankrupt, much to his shock and hysterical outrage. Additionally, Mark’s business partner Nick arrives and fires Mark upon the discovery of the crime. In his anger and rush to leave, Mark smashes into the glass office twice, the second time shattering it and severely injuring himself. He then finds his car being towed away and earns a punch in the face from Carly’s father, Frank. Appreciating Kate’s honesty, Nick offers her the chance to take over Mark’s job.

In the film’s epilogue, Carly and Phil fall in love, and the couple are expecting a child; Amber marries Frank; and Kate works as a CEO with Mark’s former business partners, with the company making a profit under her leadership.

REVIEW:

Alright! Today, I’m going to sit here and actually watch The Other Woman. I’ve been putting this off pretty much since it was initially released. Featuring the fantasy inducing trio of Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton, I think this will be a worthy viewing. Let’s find out if I am right, shall we?

What is this about?

When she finds out that her boyfriend is married and that she’s his mistress, a woman teams up with the jerk’s wife to get revenge. Nicki Minaj makes her live-action debut in this comedy about getting the upper hand in a relationship.

What did I like?

Now and then. For the longest time now, Cameron Diaz has been the poster girl for hotness in Hollywood, but time is starting to catch up with her. Don’t get me wrong, she still looks amazing, but age is starting to show, which is a good thing, I guess, as it just shows us that she isn’t going under the knife every other day or using some other outlandish technique to stay young and relevant. I bring this up because there is a scene where she is on the beach in a bikini and sees Kate Upton’s character, immediately comparing herself to her. This brought to mind her scene from Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle for some reason. Maybe it was the body comparison. Still, seeing what used to be hot and what currently is was interesting (they both are smokin’ in my book, btw)

Working together. Diaz, Upton, and Leslie Mann should not know about each other, let alone become good friends. Interesting that the film went that way, but what I found more intriguing was how well Mann and Diaz played off each other. The comedic sensibilities of these two women was on point as they bounced jokes off each other like a seasoned comedy duo. When Upton, who is not an actress, joins them, all she has to do is tell her lines and look hot. It helps that she does seem to have a bit of a knack for comedy. Maybe if she sticks with the acting, we’ll get more of her in comedic roles.

Hit the beach. Your films stars 3 gorgeous women, 2 of which are known for having amazing bikini bodies. Do you stick them in an apartment in the city or take a trip down to the tropics where they can show themselves off? Not to mention the scenery itself was breathtaking. Now, I feel as if I should make some mention of the fact that this was nothing more than an excuse to get these women to parade around half-naked for most of the movie but, the fact is, Leslie Mann never dons a bikini, Cameron Diaz only has one scene where she is bikini clad, and Kate Upton has two. They aren’t parading around “setting women back” or whatever.

What didn’t I like?

Fart jokes. In theory, this is more of an “adult” movie. That is to say that the target audience is a more mature demographic. So, why is it that they felt the need to lower themselves to the use of potty humor? I understand that they were out for revenge on this guy, and the laxative thing was funny, up until they went all the way to the bathroom with it. Some things work better through the power of suggestion, if you know what I mean.

Schoolmarm. Leslie Mann’s character is arguably the best thing about this film. While Cameron Diaz is too busy being the cold-hearted lawyer bitch and Kate Upton is stopping just shy of being a throwback to the ahead beach bimbos of yesteryear, Mann is a bag of emotions that is normally too much for me, but I found myself easily connecting with. Maybe because I’ve recently been in a similar situation. That being said, I take umbrage with the decision to dress her as frumpy as can be. Now, given the fact that she’s standing toe to toe with Diaz and Mann, she’s bound to look a little out of place, but some of the outfits she wore were more fitting someone living alone with 12 cats, rather than a housewife with a husband (loving or not).

Annoyance. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the big screen debut of that future Oscar winner, Nick Minaj! Yes, that creature of untold fairness and absolutely no talent is here playing the typical sassy black “friend.” Making matter worse, she speaks in that weird accent she uses in her raps  and her time on American Idol. This woman, and I use that term lightly, is a pox on out society. She brings absolutely nothing to this film, other than some diversity.

As despicable a character as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is on Game of Thrones, this film let him be the total douche we expect him to play. The problem is, we don’t get enough of a backstory to allow us to form a bias one way or another. Obviously, we should be cheering the ladies on in this endeavor, but he’s just so charming. The Other Woman presents the ridiculous idea of what would happen if a guy is cheating on his wife with 2 other women. A fantasy of many a man out there, I don’t think the execution worked as well as the filmmaker would have liked and this came off more as a some sort of man-hating chick flick. Do I recommend it? Well, it had plenty of funny moments, and you can’t go wrong with 3 beautiful women but I have to say no.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

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