I had to skip yesterday for a simple reason. I realized that the movie I finished was really a drama and not really a romantic comedy so I decided to tuck that away for a future review and ventured off to watch another movie to continue the marathon. I have been rather iffy on whether I wanted to see The Other Woman. Cameron Diaz hasn’t really scored any awesome roles of late and well, this just seems like a grown up version of John Tucker Must Die, if anything. I like John Tucker Must Die but a grown up version seems to be just full of stupidity.
Regardless, lets check this out and see if I’m right!
THE OTHER WOMAN (2014)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Taylor Kinney
After discovering her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, Carly (Cameron Diaz) soon meets the wife (Leslie Mann) he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair (Kate Upton) is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B. – IMDB
I remember reading a lot of negative reviews on The Other Woman when it first hit theatres. I didn’t think it was all that bad but it definitely felt like I was watching this trashy romantic comedy of sorts and it totally had to do with the story layout. I have nothing wrong with the concept or anything. I just had this moment of wondering whether this movie was insulting my intelligence or something (not that watching rom-coms is about that most of the time either). However, what the movie does well is probably bringing in some pretty decent cast that manages to make the best of the roles they was given. By the end of this, I felt like I actually finished watching this movie because I liked the cast and the individual characters. Somehow, they grew on me a little. Well, mostly Cameron Diaz’s Carly and Leslie Mann’s Kate.
As much as this is a revenge movie on the cheating bastard, the bond between the three women, specifically Kate and Carly are the highlight of this movie. There’s something about these two ladies on screen that really resound how it all starts off with this weird way of meeting each other. I mean, awkward probably is the right word and just how the two characters rub off each other somehow and grow. Kate grows to be a stronger woman than the meek, fragile stay at home wife for the most part. While Kate Upton comes on at a later time, her addition adds the dumb blonde factor and sometimes, its what gives this movie a little more eye candy, I guess. Although, I’m pretty not a lot of men will want to sit through this. At least I know that I won’t ask my boyfriend to.
Whats a rom-com without talking about the men, even if this doesn’t exactly qualify as a rom-com but more of a chick flick. The men selection is actually pretty good. I don’t think I’ve seen the cheater Mark, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau but he is a pretty fine looking man. He does match up to the role but he can pull off the pretentious vibe a little. For the most part, he’s good to look at but he’s also easy to dislike as I start to like the lady characters more. And then in the supporting characters, there’s Phil played by Taylor Kinney who is a sweet handsome man and he just sends off this lovely vibes. Of course he turns into a love interest and its expected and he’s in like 4 scenes probably (if not less) but I liked him a lot.
Now, if there’s one reason why I wouldn’t watch this again, it would be because of Nicki Minaj. I’m already not much of a fan of her music or her as a performer but now she’s going in movies and I just didn’t like it. Ughhh….Thats all I’m saying on that.
The Other Woman is an average romantic comedy. The characters and cast themselves make this a lot more fun to watch than the story itself. There’s some laughs, a lot of stupidity and some silliness but a lot of lovable vibe about finding girl friends in the most unexpected women. Its not something I’ll watch again…any time soon anyways, but its not all bad.
Have you seen The Other Woman? What do you think about it?