Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: The Other Woman

Release date: April 25, 2014
Running time: 109 minutes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj
Who to see it with: Your girlfriends


How much do you know about your significant other? Be it your spouse or a newer relationship, there's only so much you can know about a person. What if they had a secret, or multiple secrets? The Other Woman plays off this idea when Carly Whitten (Diaz) discovers that her new boyfriend Mark King (Coster-Waldau) is already married to someone else. This uncomfortable situation, and slight donnybrook, leads Carly to befriend Mark's wife (Mann), and the more they investigate his shenanigans, the larger his lies become. Eventually, the two friends become a triple threat when they meet another one of Mark's girlfriends, Amber (Upton). After they realize how far this has gone, they plot to get revenge on the lying husband/boyfriend/lover.

The cast of The Other Woman is a lot of fun to see on film. Diaz, Mann, and Upton make a nice crew (although Upton is more used for eye candy) and their interactions, especially those of Diaz and Mann, are fun to watch. Surprisingly, Nicki Minaj is very funny as Diaz's no holds barred assistant. The jokes are actually quite funny, although the laugh out loud moments are less frequent than I was hoping. Additionally, because the plot involves the three women, the story takes a long time to get going. It took a little while for Diaz and Mann to become acquainted, and even after that there was an entirely new person to introduce to the group. It made the story drag and feel like it wasn't accomplishing much in the middle. It picks up towards the end but, overall, the pacing felt inconsistent. Altogether, The Other Woman should have probably been limited to just the other woman and not women; it's funny, but unnecessarily long. 

Rent it.

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