I have made it no secret that I am not a fan of the chick flick. These female driven films are usually devoid of laughs and full of musical montages that make most men’s eyes roll, but leave most women saying “That’s so us.” As much as I shake my head at these films, there’s no denying Nick Cassavetes’ success in this genre with The Notebook and My Sister’s Keeper. However, in his new film The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, the depiction of the female’s psyche towards men is insulting.
According to The Other Woman, if you’re a good-looking and successful man, Women will obsess over you even after they find out you’re a lying cheat. Diaz plays Carly, a lawyer who finally thinks she has found the perfect man in Mark played by Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldua. Her fond feelings change when she finds out he has a wife in Connecticut played by Leslie Mann. When the truth is exposed, the two women start a ridiculous and unbelievable friendship that is silly even by chick flick standards. The wife and mistress have drinks and make revenge plans on a dry erase board. In real life, there would be a lot of hair pulling and runny mascara involved.
As bad as the laxatives and estrogen pills jokes are in The Other Woman, the worst part was something that surprised me. Leslie Mann is awful in the film. I’m a huge fan of Mann, but she is just way too much in this movie. Her character is a solid 14 on an annoying scale ranging from 1 to 10. No person acts like that. Her character depicts housewives as ditzy doormats. When the biggest problem in a movie is not Kate Upton’s acting, you know the performance was pathetic.
The Other Woman should be thankful that the bouncy Upton was involved in the film. The shots of her running down the beach was the only thing keeping The Other Woman out of Transcendence and Winter’s Tale territory for worst movie of the year. The Other Woman is a poor excuse for a Rom-Com disguised as a revenge movie with female empowerment.
Overall, I give The Other Woman 1 out of 4 stars.
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