Monday, August 4 2014, 04:17 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Other Woman
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for an incredibly painful, unfunny and uneven comedy.
Synopsis: Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) is a successful lawyer with an unsuccessful love life. When she discovers her current boyfriend, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), is married she finds herself becoming friends with Mark’s wife Kate (Leslie Mann). When Kate and Carly discover Mark has a third lover, Amber (Kate Upton), the duo recruits her to join in their quest to punish Mark for his cheating ways.
Review: I hated everything about the first half of The Other Woman. I even hated Leslie Mann, who I tend to love even though she’s constantly appearing in films that I don’t enjoy. The characters were unlikable or unbelievable, the humor was nonexistent and the general smarmy materialism of the “romance” was nauseating. Things get slightly better when Cameron Diaz’s character becomes a bit more human and Mann is given an opportunity to give her character a bit more depth, but the film’s stunt casting in Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj fails miserable as Minaj proves to be a terrible actress and Upton is either asked to do too little or is incapable of doing much at all. To his credit Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is perfectly detestable as Mark, but not nearly as menacing as his Game of Thrones character Jaime Lannister. You pity the cast, not their characters, in the end for having to go through the experience nearly as much as you pity those who paid to see this train wreck. The Other Woman doesn’t know whose story it is telling, can’t manage to figure out its tone and fails to provide any sort of levity or message. It tries to get by on charm alone and ultimately just feels insincere and intolerable.
-Ryan Michael Painter