The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Melissa Stack

Cast: Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj, Kenneth Maharaj, Alyshia Ochse, Victor Cruz, Madison McKinley, David Thornton, Olivia Culpo, John 'B.J.' Bryant, Chelsea Turnbo

Synopsis: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, sexual references and language

Stevennix2001's Rating:

3.0 / 10

Pros:


- Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann deliver solid performances

- Carly and Kate are very well developed

- Some of the jokes are funny

Cons:

- Film falls into every cliche in the book when it comes to rom coms

- Story is extremely predictable

- Almost all the supporting characters are stereotypes

- Film is just bland and uninteresting, as it's too overly formulaic to be remotely memorable.

He'll Never Know What Hit Him!

As many of my readers know, I despise and detest most romantic comedies with a severe passion. Not because I hate the genre or anything. Far from it actually. In fact, some of the best love stories of all time are romantic comedies such as "Tootsie", "500 Days of Summer" and etc. It's just that most of them tend to be so formulaic to the point that it's either downright offensive to think that these filmmakers must think we're a society of idiots to buy into their contrived plot devices, or they're simply forgettable because the film itself relies too much on cliches and stereotypes to play on the female audiences' emotions. Sadly, "The Other Woman" falls into the latter of this discussion.

Sure, some of the jokes are funny, but it's not enough to warrant seeing this one in theaters. If you've seen the trailers to this movie, then you pretty much know the entire story in a nutshell. But just for the sake of argument, I'll assume some of my readers haven't, so I'll go over the plot anyway. The story revolves around a married couple, who seem to be happy together. However, things aren't what they seem.

Although Kate (Leslie Mann) loves her husband, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the reality is he's a lying cheating douche bag, who sleeps with other girls simply because he can. Like all romantic comedies of this ilk, there's nothing redeeming about his character whatsoever. No, he's just pure slime for teary eyed women to curse at in the theaters, while poor Katie is played out as the poor innocent victim in all this.

However, it gets worse. Apparently, none of the women he sleeps around with know he's cheating, as he's constantly making up lies about either being single, or that his wife cheated on him. Isn't that just awful? Oh and if that's not enough for women to start foaming at the mouth with pure unadulterated hatred, then you'll just love this. Apparently, he's been embezzling money for years from his company, and putting it into all these dummy corporations naming his wife the CEO, without her knowledge of it. Meaning that if s*** hits the fan, and the cops start looking into it, then she'll end up going to jail. Not Mark. Gee, it's almost like this film feels that Mark cheating on his wife, and his unaware girlfriends, wasn't enough to make the audience hate him. Nah, we had throw in an embezzling money subplot, as he sets it up to where his wife is used as the unsuspecting patsy in all this, for good measure.

Through a series of unlikely events, one of Mark's mistresses, Carly (Cameron Diaz), finds out that he's been married the whole time, and she's not too happy about it. However, things get even more weirder when Kate decides to talk to Carly behind Mark's back. Reluctant at first, Carly agrees to talk to her about things, and together they form an unlikely friendship. Along the way, they even meet another one of Mark's mistresses, who happens to be the stereotypical dumb young blonde with big boobs. She has practically no personality whatsoever, but she's just there for sex appeal. Oh well. I guess they had to do something to make the guys interested in seeing this feature.

Anyways, to make a long story short, the three of them hatch a plan to get back at Mark. And, it seems like Carly starts to develop a bit of a crush on Kate's brother, Phil (Taylor Kinney), who's portrayed as being the all around perfect good guy in all this. Gee, why is it in most romantic comedies a guy has to be either a "Prince Charming", who has zero character flaws, or he has to be portrayed as a straight up a**hole?

Seriously, is there no room for any guy to fall in between here? Sure, in a few romantic comedies, you'll find some that have depth to their characters like "Crazy Stupid Love" for example. However, those are very rare in this day and age. In most modern romantic comedies, there's hardly any room for anything in between. The guys are either going to be straight up a**holes, or they're going to be "Mr. Perfect"; which sadly paints a false ideal of how a real relationship is.

Unfortunately, it doesn't exactly help when you have a movie that's predictable as hell, and it falls into every single cliche ever written. Leaving none of them un-turned in this rom com. Plus, let's not forget that almost all the supporting characters fall into various stereotypes that you've seen a million times before in other comedies.

That's not to say that "The Other Woman" doesn't have it's good points, as Carly and Kate were portrayed rather well. In spite of all the film's flaws, their friendship was pretty much the glue that kept the movie together. If anything, I kind of wished this movie would've been more about them rather than this elaborate revenge scheme. Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz have a lot of chemistry together, and it would've been a great movie if it had been about them becoming friends, after ditching that douche bag. But nope, that's not this film's priority.

Nah, that's not what most audiences want to see. They want to see a predictable rom com that falls into every cliche in the book, so teary eyed women will drag their boyfriends to see the damn flick with them. No room for originality here. We got to sell tickets to this s*** damn it!

Although the jokes can be pretty funny at times, the reality is this film is so formulaic and predictable that it just feels downright uninspired. Not to mention extremely forgettable to boot. Granted, I'm sure some people might like it considering it's exactly what you'd expect a rom com to be, and let's face it. Most people that watch romantic comedies these days aren't looking for a great story. However, if you're looking for something more original, then chances are you're not going to find it here...

© 2014 Steven Escareno

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