'The Other Woman' Review: Tasteless and Uninventive

By Paige Paswaters,
Author Rating: 
2.5 Stars

This weekend the main feature was The Other Woman, with its primary stars being Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. The numbers at the box office brought the movie to the number one spot, but viewers and critics beg to differ.

Unfortunately, if you happened to watch the trailer, then you have seen all the highlights the film has to offer. Cameron Diaz plays Carly, an intelligent and daring lawyer in New York City, who finds out that her businessman beau has a wife back in Connecticut. Leslie Mann plays the wife, Kate King. Mann is the sole provider of humor in this film, and I do not wish to undermine that. Her acting was superb per usual. The only thing missing was a dense enough script and stars that could complement her comedic ability.

The film included stars that do not have the same background as Leslie Mann. Celebrities like Nikki Minaj and Kate Upton, who have no acting background whatsoever, were incorporated primarily for their curves and recognizable names. Nikki Minaj acted as Carly’s assistant at the law firm. Her attitude was intended to be funny, but it was more unimpressive than anything. Her character served no purpose.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starred as the smug husband, a traveling businessman with mistresses all around the world. At this point in his career, Coster-Waldau is best known for his part as Jamie Lannister in the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. Therefore, it may have been hard for some to see him in such an opposing role. Not to say his acting was subpar, but Game of Thrones’ success has far more to offer Coster-Waldau as far as showcasing his talent.

The concept was not the only unoriginal component. The Other Woman is an uninventive title and has been done before. The movie had a great amount of potential, but sadly this was unmet. Further, the cinematography was strange at times. There were parts that didn’t fit and ruined the flow of the story. A few examples include: Kate King’s panic attack in Carly’s office, Carly falling through the roof of Kate’s porch, and Mark running through a glass office. The scenes appeared unrealistic and phony.

Another strange line that received no laughter was Carly’s comment about Martha Stewart handling prison like a “boss.” It didn’t receive the response that the director, Nick Cassavetes, probably envisioned. There were several parts that acted as “fillers,” meaning the movie time definitely could have been cut down. Additionally, I felt the short excerpts at the end were unnecessary and cheesy. We could have drawn our own conclusions about the characters’ futures.

I will leave this review on a good note, however. I appreciated the character of Phil, Kate’s brother. Phil, played by Taylor Kinney, provided a more genuine role to the mix and actually ended up being a love interest to Carly in the end. He was down to earth and brought the chaos down to reality. Further, I did like the relationship between Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. They made an interesting and unusual duo, but it worked. Together, they defeat their mid-life crisis, and instead curse it upon their ex-lover.

My recommendation is to wait until this movie is a dollar rental at Redbox.



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