One night recently my wife and I decided we fancied a bit of a laugh and so dug out the 2014 romantic comedy film “The Other Woman”, directed by Nick Cassavetes (“Alpha Dog”, “The Notebook”).
Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz – “Very Bad Things”, “The Mask”) is a New York attorney who doesn’t usually take dating seriously but has entered into a relationship with businessman Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – “Oblivion”, “Game Of Thrones”).
When Mark tells Carly that he has to leave the city and head for his Connecticut house due to a plumbing problem at his out-of-town home she is initially upset but then decides to visit him there, appropriately dressed, and seduce him.
When Kate (Leslie Mann – “This Is 40”, “17 Again”) opens the door and reveals that rather than being the maid (as Carly thinks) she is in fact Mark’s wife Carly is shocked and devastated.
Her shock turns to surprise when Kate turns up at her law firm, and then at her apartment, in distress, drunk (and with great dane in tow) and seeking advice on what to do about her cheating husband. Although initially reluctant Carly finds herself bonding with and then teaming up with Kate to get back at the man that hurt them both.
When the pair follow Mark on one of his weekends away – supposedly a business trip – they discover that he has been cheating on both of them with the young and pneumatic Amber (Kate Upton – “The Three Stooges”). Finding Amber to be sweet and like-minded Carly and Kate enlist her help to bring down the philandering Mark in a series of moves designed to do just that.
Carly’s father Frank (Don Johnson – “The Hot Spot”, “Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man”) pops up in a sub-plot which leads nicely, along with the appearance of Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney – “Least Among Saints”, “Chicago Fire”), to a satisfactory conclusion for all three women…
Although not by any means universally praised on its box office release, we found this to be a genuinely funny movie with some great scenes and a good chemistry between the cast.
Upton has the least to do of the three lead female characters, but is decent enough in what she has to do. Diaz is the strong character with some slapstick thrown in and is as dependable as usual. For us, though, Mann was the real star of the show. As Kate veers between wanting to save her marriage and wanting to bury her husband she gets to show a range of emotions and is never less than convincing and is easily the funniest character.