OtherWoman

In one of the more refreshing takes on a girls night out movie to come out this year, Nick Cassavetes’s The Other Woman serves up a Hollywood escapist guilty pleasure that one can’t help but get on board with. When the successful Carly discovers that her boyfriend Mark (Game of Thrones’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she meets the wife he’s been cheating on in the form the charming and frazzled Kate (Leslie Mann). An unlikely friendship is formed between Carly, and Kate on the streets of Manhattan with a Great Dane in tout as they try to figure out their next move. When the two uncover yet another affair (in the form of Sports Illustrated’s supermodel Kate Upton), all three women become quick squirrel friends to plot mutual revenge on the philandering husband.

It’s by all means standard a Hollywood revenge fantasy, but it’s fun to see well done here in regards to the camaraderie between the three leads. Rookie screenwriter Melissa K. Stack’s material makes the ‘other woman’ here the innocent party, and uses it as a chance for girl power bonding. Here the love story turns out to be friendship rather then romance, which is definitely something that movies today could use more of. I have the feeling we’ll start to see many female driven roles scripted by Stack in the future. If the successes of films such as Bridesmaids, and The Heat have taught the film industry anything it’s that audiences like a good female buddy flick. It’s always bizarre when the industry is shocked when movies about women actually make money if the formula is right.

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The movie comes alive the most when Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann’s shenanigans are unfolding on screen together. The scene on the beach with Mann, and Diaz spying at the babelicious Amber (Upton) is one of the funniest, and demonstrates their knack for physical humor. Diaz still after all these years is one hell of a movie star, and she proves it effortlessly here. This material is no real stretch for Mann since she kind of has a steak on the wife roles in comedies today thanks to her work with husband Judd Apatow, but she really comes into her own with this role. Her scenes are the emotional heart of the film, and it’s clear that she’s game for anything. The clunker scenes of the movie involve the subplot of Mark’s shady business dealings, which he is using Kate as a cove for. Luckily it doesn’t dive in the murky plot too much, and it picks up the pacing quickly into the third act follies.

Maybe I’m being a little easy on this movie then most critics are, but what makes this movie worth checking out is the slickness the cast executes its premise. This includes well-used supporting appearances by a surprisingly natural Nikki Minaj, and an aged to perfection Don Johnson.  The end result of this Cassavetes film is an easy breezy comedy that goes down easy, and for a Saturday afternoon matinee at the movies what more would you want?