Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Other Woman

WRITTEN BY: Melissa Stack
DIRECTED BY: Nick Cassavetes
STARRING: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton
RATING: 3.5 stars

Less of a romantic comedy and more of a female buddy film, The Other Woman is a fun experience with some slapstick humour, physical comedy and a charming cast. Unfortunately, the film is 15 minutes too long and the plot unravels a bit at the end as physical comedy goes overboard. Nonetheless, it is a good film to see for a few laughs.

Carly (Cameron Diaz) is a successful lawyer who finds out her boyfriend of two months, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), is married. His wife Kate (Leslie Mann) oddly turns to Carly for support and advice. Soon they strike up a strange friendship and learn Mark has another new girlfriend, Amber (Kate Upton). The three women decide to get revenge on the cheater in several hilarious ways.

Mann is absolutely hilarious in this film. Her character is quirky, hysterical and innocent. Pairing her with Diaz's sultry and charming persona works well. Both actresses have clever comedic timing and great chemistry. Upton has little to do except flaunt her breasts and play the ditzy blonde bombshell, but for what it's worth, she does a perfect job. Coster-Waldau is suave and sexy but he has to overact a little towards the end and it is a bit silly. The outrageous Nicki Minaj also plays Carly's assistant and draws a few laughs, but mostly just because she is Nicki Minaj. Taylor Kinney is also a welcome addition as Kate's attractive brother.

The Other Woman is an amusing film to see with female friends over the Easter holiday.




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