The Other Woman Review
By: John Meneghetti
TV audiences have forgiven characters like Don Draper and Tony Soprano for their marital infidelities over the last several years – possibly awaiting their comeuppance but ultimately drinking in their charm. New relationship comedy The Other Woman doesn’t stand for such caddishness! After finding that they’ve all been sharing the same man, Carly (Cameron Diaz), Kate (Leslie Mann), and Amber (Kate Upton) embark on a mission to make the cheating scoundrel, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), regret his philandering.
This movie uses humor to paint the heartbreak that unfaithfulness can cause. But instead of portraying female characters who resort to clawing each other’s eyes and weaves out in competition, the three wronged women channel their anger into a wacky revenge scheme that terrorizes Mark in Connecticut, New York, and the Bahamas. The dialogue especially pops when Diaz and Mann lock into quick laugh-inducing exchanges. A pleasure to watch, their scenes often feel like a sisterhood of the traveling rants. Aside from a few breezy lines from Nikki Minaj’s character Lydia, this flick treats extramarital affairs as inconsiderate offenses that are worthy of torturous punishment.
In 1990’s Home Alone, viewers reveled in Kevin’s (Macaulay Culkin) innovative methods of tormenting a pair of home invaders. If that movie was a demonstration of amusing self-defense, The Other Woman draws heavily from its mousetrap-like mayhem. This flick seems to believe that though there’s no comedy in cheating, there are laughs to be found in beating (as in besting one’s opponent, not physically beating someone!).
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