Plot Summary: After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.
Trailers for The Other Woman would present this movie as a ‘John Tucker Must Die’ style movie for the middle aged. The plot of the male lead playing off several girls at a time and then them finding out and taking revenge is most definitely a laboured one. Oh, but I suppose one thing that this film has going for it, or more accurately doesn’t, is the fact that Nicki Minaj receives an acting credit.
The Other Woman plods along at an average pace that just about manages to sustain your interest and it has enough laughs to keep you entertained. However most of the laughs are fairly unoriginal and you will have seen similar scenarios many times before. There were two or three moments that I have to admit were genuinely hilarious, mostly down to slapstick comedy but nonetheless I have to give The Other Woman credit for these couple of scenes. Saying that, this is what The Other Woman needed to feature the whole way through the movie, not just in these few moments. The addition of this level of comedy throughout could have actually resulted in a movie that was the same comedic level of Bridesmaids. The lack of comedy in the dialogue was an issue as The Other Woman did rely on other elements of comedy, which is fine but these need to be paired with a really funny script for films like this to work, which it unfortunately didn’t.
The two leading ladies, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, did well in their respective roles and they had good on-screen chemistry, working well with each other and complimenting each other’s characters nicely. Their characters establish their personalities quickly and made them believable; unfortunately the same can’t be said when Kate Upton’s character, Amber, makes an appearance.
I can see what has been tired here with Amber, however, in attempting to feature the ‘dumb blonde’ character The Other Woman simply boasts an unrealistic character that isn’t very convincing. Especially when Leslie Mann’s character, Kate already has the qualities of the character they try to create with Amber. The Other Woman was definitely at its funniest when Diaz and Mann dominated the screen, with most of the main laughs coming from scenes exclusively featuring these two.
What The Other Woman needed was to be more outrageous, it was far too safe and needed more standout moments! The revenge section of the film was so tame and fades in comparison to other sequences similar to this from other films, it was all just very unoriginal. Much of the plot in general was incredibly predictable and it really won’t be long at all until The Other Woman joins the other rom-coms in the £1 bargin bucket. Saying that, The Other Woman does do better than a lot of recent efforts in this genre, easily being more entertaining than the likes of Thanks for Sharing and Don Jon from 2013.
However this genre is always going to have a challenge impressing me as I simply don’t see the attraction of these kinds of films, though every so often one comes along that is genuinely funny and I will happily admit to enjoying. However The Other Woman isn’t one of those moments. It really had potential and could have been something better but a lack of comedy throughout, combined with a predictable plot, meant that it ended up just being passable instead of being something greater.