The Other WomanWednesday 23 Apr 2014
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Kinney
Duration: 109 minutes
Glamorous New York lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz), who likes to work hard and play hard, thinks she's found it all - a charming, loving, generous, handsome man that she's become so enamoured by, she is prepared to give up the dating scene and her free-wheeling life.
But just as she finds herself falling for Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a trip to his country pile - to fix his plumbing - puts a nasty dent in her happiness. Mark is in fact married to the perfect, floral-wearing housewife, Kate (Leslie Mann), who, until now, thought their relationship was blissfully perfect.
With Carly's short shorts and high heels, Kate quickly realises that she is more than just a handy lady and her life begins to fall apart. However, instead of turning to her family and friends, Kate seeks out a rather dubious Carly as a shoulder to cry on. After a night of swigging shots and playing dress-up to an 80s soundtrack their friendship blossoms, and the unlikely pair begin a mission to find out what else cheater Mark has been up to. And lo and behold, they discover there is another lady in the mix, Amber (Kate Upton). Joining forces, the ladies embark on a takedown of epic proportions.
The Other Woman may be predictable and trite and it may play out a few jokes you have seen over and over on the big screen, but that doesn't mean it isn't funny. The friction crackling between Mann and Diaz throughout the movie generates several comedic sparks that will have you laughing out loud. Carly's assistant Lydia (Nicki Minaj) delivers several witty one-liners - "Selfish people live longer" - with such aplomb that it's a pity she didn't feature more in the plot. Upton is unfortunately the spare-wheel in more than one way and is rather outshone by her co-stars.
There is a romantic subplot that involves Diaz and Mann's screen brother (Taylor Kinney). It slows the pace of the movie at certain moments and is a relief from the slapstick, but it all seems a little too convenient in terms of the story. Other twists may not be as out-there or as wild as you would like them to be, but that being said, The Other Woman is a film that is certainly able to coast along on the camaraderie between Mann and Diaz.
Definitely one to watch for a giggle with the girls.