THE OTHER WOMAN
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Written By: Melissa Stack
Directed By: Nick Cassavetes
“Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned.” Do you recognize the quote? Rephrased, it’s “Hell has no fury like that of a scorned woman” and it’s the underlying message of the new film, “The Other Woman,” starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. What happens when a woman’s boyfriend turns out to be married and the two women become good friends? Let’s add one more variable to the equation before you answer that question. What happens when these two women find out that the husband/boyfriend is cheating on both of them with yet another woman? The obvious answer is that all three women become friends in order to get revenge.
CameronDiaz plays Carly Whitten, a high profile, sophisticated New York City lawyer who goes through men fasterthan a box of Milk Duds in the movie theater. Her secretary, played by the overly made up Nicki Minaj, reminds her boss that she never actually calls her boyfriends by their given names. But “Mark” is different. She has “cleared the bench” in order to make time for only him—her “Sunday Kind of Love.” As she is about to have her father (Don Johnson) meet this new love, Mark suddenly is unavailable. Her gut tells her to drop him, and with all women, her gut is right. It was her heart that leads her to find out the ugly truth that he is married. As Carly and Mark’s wife, Kate (Leslie Mann) meet, the two begrudgingly become friends. Poor, needy, insecure Kate pours out her heart and soul and the two hatch a plan to get back at Mark.
The premise of the movie is nothing new. In addition, the message is something that we women have always known—your girl friends are your complete life support system. It’s fun to watchthese three unlikely women become friends under the very uncomfortable circumstances. Kate with her insecurities, her Great Dane, and her perfect suburban housewife clothes complete with Ralph Lauren sweaters in vibrant colors wrapped around her neck juxtaposed with the cool, hip, and chic NYC black on black, she blubbers very funny realizations about herself and her relationship. Carly, in her chic black on black outfits, calmly helps Kate, but finds herself bumbling as much as Kate in this new situation. The addition of the voluptuous Amber rounds out the female pack of the newly revised Three Stooges.
Yes, this is full of slapstick, silly situations which are all quite predictable. But even with the predictability, it’s still quite funny. The overacting of various situations trying to lead into physical humor is a bit distracting, but also forgiven because this is just a fun, lighthearted comedy that puts women in the brightest of lights. These women together, through friendship and loyalty have scruples. The women are completely righteous and even though they are each a victim, hurt by the same man, they take matters into their own hands to dole out justice. This revenge theme has been done many times before. They even stoop to using the same sophomoric pranks as you’ve seen in other movies such as using NAIR in the shampoo bottle. But yet again, it’s still funny.
This is a “chick flick” throughand through. It’s a romp down Revenge Road. “The Other Woman” is a predictable, yet entertaining movie that is funny in rather juvenile ways. Every woman out there has probably been in a situation similar to this with a cheating boyfriend at some point in her life. We girls do stick together and true friends are always there for each other. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, somewhat silly comedy where the women are all good and the guy is the epitome of awful, you’ll enjoy this movie. If you’re looking for a complex story with deep meaning, you had better pass on this one. This is a perfect movie to see with your girl friends after you’ve had dinner and a couple of cosmos and braided each other’s hair. (You’ll have to see the movie to understand that joke!) It’s also a movie you could wait to rent and enjoy it just as much with your friends in the comfort of your home.