It worked for Dolly Parton, Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5. Uma Thurman used it to great effect in Kill Bill.
The Other Woman is neither as funny or as bloody as those two flicks that highlight the fairer sex’s potential for exacting revenge, but it’s going to find its audience. The movie opens Friday (April 25th) in theaters.
For those looking for the smarts, the edge and the daffiness, there’s Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz. For those ladies dragging an unwilling male participant, there’s Kate Upton…in a string bikini. Again, for the ladies, Nickolaj Coster-Waldau co-stars.
He’ll be recognizable to those who watch HBO’s Game of Thrones. Anyone who hasn’t bothered to “borrow” a friend’s login information for that service so they can watch Game of Thrones will be lost for a brief second – until they get a look at the guy.
Technically the film has something for both sexes, but there may be some squirmin’ in the seats for guys who attend. That’s because the lightly cynical Woman reveals its thoughts on the way many men act with respect to the affairs of the heart.
In this case, Mark King (Coster-Waldau) represents the scummiest of the scummy. He’s seeing Carly (Diaz), a successful New York City lawyer, but he’s married and living in Connecticut with his wife, Kate (Mann).
Carly, not realizing this is the case, arrives at his home in suburban paradise to surprise him with some fun only to have Kate answer the door. Oooops. She flees back to NYC and a couple days later guess who surprises her at work?
Kate arrives seeking answers to questions that she already has the answers. She just needs Carly to heap on the reality. Out of that situation a rather strange friendship blossoms.
In short order, Kate draws a still stung Carly into her world and they eventually hatch a plan for revenge only to soon discover that Mark has yet another lady - Amber (Upton) – on the side. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? Try three.
That’s where the fun begins as the audience gets to watch as the trio work on their comedic chops. Mann, gives a manic, hilarious performance as Kate, pushing the limits to get laughs. Diaz plays things with a bit more subtlety and Upton proves serviceable.
Director Nick Cassevetes handles the comedy with a light hand. The laughs tend to flow naturally with a couple of moments being laugh-out-loud hilarious. A few more of those and he would have had an early summer must-see.
Movie: The Other Woman
Director: Nick Cassevetes
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nickolaj Coster-Waldau
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual references and language.
Running time: 109 minutes
George’s rating: 2.5-of-5 stars
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