Review: The Other Woman (2014, Nick Cassavetes)

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RATING: 6/10

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Cast: Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj
Screenplay: Melissa Stack

Typical romantic comedy? YEAH. Boring? HELL NO. To tell you the truth, the reason why I don’t give “The Other Woman” a higher film rating is because of the snob in me. Though the film features a lot of self created flaws that make me cringe, the truth is NIck Cassavetes’ romantic comedy is pretty decent and ultimately very entertaining and funny. Though the film has typical errors and cliches, it’s not difficult to see the it has a great ensemble cast of women (most especially Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann) that push the subject matter to a fun 109 minutes.

Mann, Diaz and Kate Upton are the three women who are in love with the same guy (played by Coster-Waldau) but soon get their revenge when they all discover that they are all being cheated on and are counted as “the other woman”. This sets up the many crazy things they do to torture the poor fellow, but obviously gives him a taste of his own medicine. “Hell hath no fury, as a woman scorn”…basically.

But what makes the film fun (I used “fun”, and not “great”) is that the chemistry of the three women give us something to root for. Yes, they’re giving the guy hell on Earth but isn’t that what going to the movies is all about? Entertainment. The film was a breathe of fresh air, even though I had a few problems that kept me from giving the film a higher score of 6.5 or even a very decent 7.

First of all, I felt like that film was very anti-feminist. Yes, I’m reading too deep into it, but the ladies hardly had their own character. Instead they were portrayed as shades of different types of woman a man may cheat on. Correct me if I’m wrong, because I feel this may just be a lone observation on my part. We’ve got Leslie Mann’s character, Kate, the striving-for-perfect original housewife. Diaz’s Carly, a lawyer and sexy blonde power woman. And Kate Upton’s Amber, the not-so-intellegent younger woman. It seemed a bit off as the women became caricatures of their own stereotypes. That’s the only wrong I can really say I had problems with. A little bit more development in Melissa Stack’s writing and we could of had a better film, even though it did “center” around torchering the “man” (if you want to call cheater’s “men”) who had cheated on them.

Diaz was more then serviceable. She always is. Though she may not always leave her comfort level, which she did in the early part of her career, she always seems to be very consistent with her performances and I enjoy that about her. Always a breathe of fresh air, and she never really deserves all the hate she gets from numerous film snobs. Leslie Mann is always fantastic. She’s such a fearless comedian, and it only gets funnier when we find her in ridiculous situations that seem real and can actually happen in real life. She lifted the subject matter to a whole new level, and she always seems to be doing that (like in that snoozefest “This is 40”). Upton did what she had to do, some cringe worthy line readings, but it’s her debut film so I’ll let it slide.

All and all, I don’t regret seeing the film. It was a good time killer and really showed that romantic comedies can still be a decent genre. Fun to watch, but nothing more. Unfortunately, it’s pretty forgettable though.

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