The Other Woman is Hollywood’s latest buddy flick for women, following the recent trend set by movies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the story kicks off with hard-nosed, glamorous lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) finally finding a man for whom she’s prepared to clear her dating calendar. Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones) is gorgeous, romantic, attentive and even wants to meet her dad (played by Don Johnson). He’s also married, a fact Carly discovers when she turns up at her new lover’s house and meets wife, Kate (Leslie Mann).
Devastated by the news that her husband is cheating, Kate goes into a tailspin. But rather than confront him about it, she turns to Carly for advice. From there, the “weirdest friendship ever” develops.
Mad that they’ve been duped by the same man, Kate and Carly team up to bring him down. Along the way they discover Amber (Kate Upton), owner of a natural D-cup, and mistress number two. As Carly puts it, “when the lawyer, the wife, and the boobs team up”, they can be just as duplicitous as the cheating man.
Of the three women, it’s wife Kate who adds the most depth and comic value. Carly is emotionally distant – someone who cries only on the inside – while Amber is the young beauty. The film includes gratuitous shots of former Swimsuit Illustrated model Upton in a white bikini running slow-motion on a beach, Baywatch-style.
The cheater himself doesn’t have much of a role to play; his presence seems simply a device to bring the three women together. But then, it’s not about him, it’s about what he deserves.
The Other Woman is comedic and at times emotionally raw, especially when examining the impact of the fallout on wife Kate. The plot twists are a little predictable, but you still enjoy the ride, and while the slap-stick is cheesy in places, it packs a good punch; the ever-changing wigs of Nicki Minaj, who has a cameo as Carly’s secretary, are fascinating.
Not many movies tackle a handsome Casanova being roundly humiliated by the women he’s wronged, and many viewers will appreciate this story of come-uppance and the bonds of female friendship.
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