This week, I had a romcom moment and decided I wanted to watch something fun, so I chose “The Other Woman” directed by Nick Cassavettes and starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.
This is a story about a not so very smart wife, Kate (Leslie Mann) who’s husband is having an affair with another woman, Carly(Cameron Diaz). Both women are unaware of what the husband, Mark (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is up to and when Carly tries to surprise Mark when he has changed plans on her unexpectedly, she discovers his wife and through their meeting, Kate figures out that Mark is cheating on her. Kate, all alone in her marriage latches on to Carly and after much grumbling and avoidance the two of them become fast friends as they, at first, console each other, and later conspire together to take him down. Through their antics they discover that Mark is hooking up with at least two other women and they adopt Kate Upton’s character, Amber, into their little friendship.
Not to drop any spoilers (not that it isn’t predictable) but in the end all is well, the women prevail, the womanizer gets what’s coming to him and all is right with their world.
This film is fairly predictable, but it is hard to find a RomCom that isn’t. The characters are well developed, although Leslie Mann’s portrayal of the ditzy wife is a little over the top for my tastes, at least in the beginning. As she moves through the experiences she wisens up and becomes more believable. Cameron Diaz comes off as a smart individual that didn’t realize (as with the two other women) she needed friends in her life and is better for the challenges she went through.
She supporting characters (Don Johnson as Carly’s young woman chasing, free spirited father, and Taylor Kinney, Kates good looking, laid back brother) lead to everyone but Kate finding a new love, and give some great comedy to the story.
I would rate this a 3 out of 5 on the scale. It is a fun, laid back movie that has just enough ridiculous in it to remind you that real life doesn’t work this way, but enough romance to make you hope it does.