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Film Review: The Other Woman

The Other Woman (movie)


Selfish people live longer is the mantra of the newest girls night out comedy, The Other Woman. The statement, uttered in the beginning of the film, is an underlying character flaw not just for the cheating husband that the three lead woman are seeking to destroy, but for their leader Carly (played by Cameron Diaz). These characters, along with the majority of the others, are not strong enough to help you love the movie. While the film has some funny pieces and some great song choices, it ultimately is an honest yet sad look at a terrible event.

The writing of characters in the film missed the mark somehow. While Diaz is centered as the lead in the film, the fact that her character can muster no sympathy or remorse for destroying a woman's marriage is annoying and frustrating. She spends most the movie annoyed by the woman she hurt, refusing to feel anything. Her character is a nasty person. You don't feel sorry for her; you want to punch her. The only well-written character is Kate, played by the talented and under appreciated Leslie Mann. While her actions are adorably chaotic, her expressions are heavily laced with an honest, serious sadness over her failed marriage. She breaks your heart and makes you laugh in one fell swoop.

While the character development is not great, the soundtrack is. Each song adds something to the emotion in the scenes. There is also some pretty funny slapstick bits, executed by Diaz's character in what may be an effort to make her more likable. The physical comedy in the film will be what makes you laugh out loud, not the jokes.

The Other Woman isn't the strongest female comedy, but is does have some redeeming qualities. The music is well placed and the film does have a good message about standing up for what is right. It will be fun for a nice night out, but probably will not be a comedy that will make your favorites list.