Last night I went to see The Other Woman. From the trailer and synopsis, I expected to have a good time, but wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary. How wrong I was.
Even though the core of the plot has been done before (think First-Wives Club), it gets a nice do-over. And a lot more humour thrown in!
Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) is a successful lawyer who’s finally met a great guy, Mark King (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau). But after an 8 week relationship, she senses things are shifty, only to find out Mark is actually married to Kate (Leslie Mann). Not wanting to be a mistress she dumps him, but when Kate discovers the affair, she unexpectedly tries to bond with Carly. The two women form an odd friendship, especially when they find out that Mark has another mistress, the innocent Amber (Kate Upton).
As the threesome unites, they start to scheme a way to get back at the bastard using all kinds of hilarious methods.
Not only does this movie have plenty of laughs, but the cast also works very well together. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau has made the move to the big league thanks to Game of Thrones (I still remember his small part in Wimbledon) and works well as the cheating yet charming husband. Cameron Diaz, always dressed to the nines, is great as the lawyer/scorned woman/tough love friend and her icy cool is a great match for the amazing craziness that is Leslie Mann (do you remember George of the Jungle?). Kate Upton brings the obvious “hot” aspect (not that the other two aren’t) and her childish sweetness is the missing link in the balance. Add another hottie in the form of Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney) and you’ve got a winning ticket.
The only character I didn’t like was Carly’s assistant Lydia (Nicky Minaj), but that might be because Minaj’s voice is just painful to listen to when she’s not singing.
Watch the trailer for a little preview. For once, most of the funny bits have actually been left out, so expect a lot more. Unfortunately though, the “manopause” scene didn’t make the final cut… 😥
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