The Other Woman Review

The Other Woman (2014) directed by Nick Cassavetes, and written by Melissa Stack. Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Synopsis: After Carly (Cameron Diaz) finds out her new boyfriend Mark (Waldau) is married, she pairs up with Mark’s wife Kate (Leslie Mann) to get revenge. At the beginning of the story, we are shown that Carly is really beginning to like her new boyfriend Mark and it is getting to the stage where she wants him to meet her family. After Mark tells Carly he is having some issues with his plumbing at home, she decides to show up dressed as a sexy plumber to surprise him. Little does she know his wife Kate answers the door, which is when everything gains clarity. On the spot, Carly makes up a lie and leaves.

Kate shows up at Carly’s work after this as she knows there was something wrong. As the story progresses, they become close and also discover Mark is having an affair with another woman named Amber (Kate Upton). The three woman hatch a plan to make Ryan’s life a misery.

Despite this movie being aimed at a female demographic, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I have seen multiple cliché movies about adultery, but there is so much comedy in this that it brings a fresh approach to the subject. There are certain discrepancies with the plot where I had to suspend belief at times, but this was not a huge problem for me as the story fulfilled its purpose. This is writer Melissa Stack’s first produced feature script, and it will not be surprising if she has more in development as a result of this.

Leslie Mann steals the show as Mark’s cheated wife Kate, and there are many moments of sheer comedy throughout the movie because of her. It is clear that she embodies all of the characteristics of an older woman who has her own amount of insecurities, but is very likeable and quirky. This results in one of the funniest comedic performances I have seen her in.

Cameron Diaz works really well with Mann, and they have a lot of onscreen chemistry. It is believable that they begin to bond with each other as a result of their circumstances, and we also sympathise with Diaz at points in the story. Kate Upton does not really have much to do other than to look good. She does not really get a chance to really act either as her character seems to only fit the purpose of being cute. Waldau is very good at playing the sleazy cheating husband, and certainly does get repaid for all of the dishonesty he dishes out.

Overall, this is one of the more decent romantic comedies I have seen. This will not be winning any awards, but I would go and see this for Leslie Mann’s performance alone.

By Robert Spence

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3 thoughts on “The Other Woman Review

  1. Thank you for your review. I have been curious about this movie ever since I read about it in one of those news bits about Nikolaj (yeah, Game of Thrones). Is he funny here, or does he play the straight man?

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