1 StarThe Other Woman is a shamefully unfunny comedy that casts two normally appealing actresses and then squander their respective talents on bargain basement physical and verbal antics. If the opening montage set to Etta James’ Sunday Kind of Love isn’t a tip-off of the routine nature of the film, then the following 100 minutes will be a pleasant surprise to you. Concerning viewers beware this is literally an over-cooked First Wives Club for the single’s set.
Carly (Cameron Diaz) and Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) have just started a whirl-wind romance, including dinners in exotic places, sexual encounters in public places and many laughs. Things are great until Mark suddenly tells her has to go to Connecticut to repair the plumbing on one of his homes, Carly decides to go over to his house per advice from her father Frank (Don Johnson). Intending to seduce Mark while wearing a plumber’s outfit, she is horrified to meet Kate (Leslie Mann), who introduces herself as Mark’s wife. Despite the infidelity, the two women end up in an unlikely friendship. When Kate discovers that Mark is still seeing someone on the side, a beautiful young woman named Amber (Kate Upton), Carly and Kate travel to the beach, where the two women inform her that Mark has been cheating on all of them.
The trio decide to take revenge by pulling pranks such as spiking his smoothies with estrogen and giving him breasts, putting hair removal cream in his shampoo and other juvenile experiments. Then there is a late in the game revelation that Mark has been embezzling from companies he works for. Meanwhile Carly becomes romantically involved with Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney).
The plot takes too long to develop for how simple the storyline is on paper. These jilted woman are far too eager to become besties with one another, and their cavalcade of pranks and justice bonds them as a sort of empowered feminist group. The lack of awareness is startling, the leads are buffoons with little appeal outside of the physical and I found myself siding with Mark and hoping he (and I) could evade these mentally unstable females. Surely one of the year’s worst movies.
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton,