Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Other Woman

Do you know that problem when your wife and your girlfriend find out about your other girlfriend? Embarrassing right? Well to prove that Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned -particularly if they have friends to plot with- we have ‘The Other Woman’. Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and the outstanding Kate Upton this is a romantic comedy of sorts, with no romance and further proof that Kate Upton should be shot entirely in slow motion all the time.


Directed by Nick Cassavetes and out now on Blu-Ray and DVD comes The Other Woman. The premise is simple. It's like a remake of ‘John Tucker Must Die’, but instead of it being so terrible you want to blame whoever is sitting next to you just so you have someone to punch in the face, hire some comedy writers who are actually funny and allow them to do their job. After Carly (Diaz) has met ‘The Perfect Man’, which is an oxymoron with a particular emphasis on the last two syllables, she goes to surprise him at his house where she meets his wife. This is as The Queen might say is ‘Totes Awks’. The wife, Kate (Mann) finds herself suspecting her husband of cheating and seeks out Carly to find out what is going on, and after the truth is confirmed Kate aggressively befriends Carly.


Not long after they soon discover Mark has also been cheating on them both with the titular other woman, Amber. The girls instantly befriend Amber and form a triad against Mark King. This Mark King is the generic business man type guy who was cheating on them, not the bassist from Level 42. Just to clarify. It would be able to explain the situation with more clarity if he was seducing all these women with some funky bass lines. Badow dudunk.

It’s at this point the film actually becomes better, up until here it has been standard affair, with some lightly amusing jokes but now it turns into an almost eighties-esque buddy movie with Home Alone style torture to the flawless, Mark King. Even resulting in the classic, hair removal in the shampoo and the even more classic laxative in the food and drink move. Though in hindsight perhaps I was just giddy since I had some orange cordial earlier in the day and it does put me in a strange mood.


Fans of Game of Thrones in particular will find joy in watching Nikolaj Coster-Waldau suffer at the hands of these Charlie’s Angels of vengeance. The first half an hour of the film is nothing worth talking about but it really finds its feet near the forty-five minute mark. The ‘Hollywood Drop Off’ where everyone has to be sad for five minutes near the end of the film feels so formulaic and depressing that it should’ve ended up on the cutting room floor a long with the script writers integrity and tears. Eventually though it comes together in what I think is one of the better, and more satisfying ends to a comedy film that I’ve seen in a while.

The Other Woman gets 3/5.

★★★☆☆

Dave Roberts


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