If a movie features hilariously funny women like Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, and take Nikolaj Coster-Waldau out of his wickedly sick character in the Game of Thrones TV series, you would expect to get a decent comedy film at least. But sadly, that is not the case, as even the presence of the voluptuous Kate Upton did not help in making this film worthy of your time.
“The Other Woman,” a film that tackles the plight of three women, who have been cheated on by the same scumbag, fails short of any expectations. The talents of the artists did not shine in this movie; blame it on the lacklustre quality of the screenplay.
The premise of this movie alone had been dealt with in other rom-com flicks that have appeared in the silver screen. You have probably seen a bunch of high school girls plot a cruel revenge for their philandering boyfriend in “John Tucker Must Die”, yet this Nick Cassavettes-directed film did not deliver the right feels for a supposedly funny movie.
Diaz plays the role of Carly Whitten, the successful lawyer who did not pay too much attention to her love life, until Coster-Waldau’s Mark King came along. The two seemed to have a grand time together, which Carly thought was too good to be true, mainly because Mark made all stops to make her feel that she is special by surprising her with flowers right at her office door.
But when Carly decided to turn the favour and surprise him at his house, a different surprise welcomed her at the door. It was during that visit when Carly met Mann’s character Kate, who happens to be Mark’s wife.
Though Carly was fuming mad at the revelation, she just decided to keep her cool and move on by dumping Mark, but Kate has other plans as she wants to make her husband pay for cheating on her. She urged Carly to work with her to teach Mark a lesson and eventually, the two decided to plot against the philanderer.
As the two women followed Mark during one of his “business trips,” they found out the he has another girl in his life and that is where Upton’s character Amber comes in. The two managed to persuade the sexy, bikini-perfect third woman to join them in their quest to make the man pay for hurting them.
The comedic relief of the movie was only supplied by Mann’s exaggerated expression of her emotions. The actress somewhat gave a reminiscent of her roles as the nosy housewife in her earlier films like “This is 40” and “Knocked Up.” The struggle of her role to save or end her marriage with a cheating husband is the only saving grace of this supposedly funny film.
On the other hand, Diaz had not been given the chance to show her comedic talents in this film. She played better roles recently, particularly in “Bad Teacher” and “There’s Something About Mary.” But this new one’s script did not give her justice at all and would have gone better if it was developed more.
Same is true for Jamie Lannister, er, Coster-Waldau, who was decidedly bland on this film, as for an actor of his calibre, you would expect him to excel in this movie. However, his only redeeming point was during his noisy scene in the toilet, after the girls put laxatives in his drink.
Kate Upton is, well, very beautiful and was a redeeming point in the movie, well, short of being an eye-candy, which is apparent as you will notice immediately that she was only casted for the film to lure more male audiences. But after her slow-mo bikini run in the beach, there is nothing more to remember about her in this movie.
Overall, the film’s attempt to make a funny display of female empowerment failed and they should have make a better revenge plot than throwing up in handbags or making a dog poop in high-end buildings. The film, to say the least, is a disappointing excuse for a chick flick and I’d not waste my time on it if I didn’t already do that.