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'The Other Woman' movie review

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The wrath of a woman is a well versed cautionary tale for unfaithful single and married men. Sadly, few men heed its message. Writer Melissa Stack explores this lore in the motion picture ‘The Other Woman’ (directed by Nick Cassavetes) starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, and Nicki Minaj

(from left): Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton bond over their plot to get their revenge on a cheating, lying cad.
(from left): Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton bond over their plot to get their revenge on a cheating, lying cad.
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He won't know what hit him.
Used with permission. TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved

The story details the length that a group of women will go to in order to seek revenge on a philandering boyfriend/husband. 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.

Movies featuring women as lead actors who are able to carry films are a rarity in Hollywood. Often they are regulated to the shadows while their male counterparts are rewarded with starring roles. The talented trio of women assembled in ‘The Other Woman’ proves that women are capable of carrying a film. The film is a tribute to women in comedy as the group mounts an assault on the compulsively cheating husband resulting in a laugh-out-loud and side-splitting film.

Leslie Mann (‘Knocked Up’) who plays Kate King is a force of hilarity as the ultimate deceived woman who has suffers at the hands of her wayward husband. She is picture perfect as the suburban housewife complete with floral printed assembles and tied sweaters. As she processes his deceit, we witness her insecurities that cumulate into a meltdown that resembles an atomic bomb detonating. For example, the sight of her swinging on the blinds in her husband’s study raises the level of crazy. Mann shines as comedy’s newly crowned queen.

On the other hand, Cameron Diaz (Carly Whitten) who is one of Kate’s rivals for her husband’s affections portrays the ultimate successful corporate lawyer. Although, she is excellent in this role, Diaz is not your typical woman on the side. As cheaters go, it is hard to believe that a wayward husband would seek out a mature woman to cheat with since he usually sets his sights on younger fare. Despite this faux pas, fans of Diaz who are accustomed to her zany antics on screen will not be disappointed. In this role, she also is the brains of the revenge operation executed by the trio. In contrast, Kate Upton (Amber) is stereotyped as the less than brilliant twenty something blonde bombshell. Nevertheless, she holds her own alongside her female comedic veterans and the chemistry creates the right formula for success.

While the film explores relationships between men and women, its main focus is the bonds of friendship between women solidified through adversity. Although the plot is predictable, it is quite fun arriving at its conclusion. Female viewers would be wise to take notes.

The abundance of beautiful women is balanced by hunky men, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Mark King (‘Game of Thrones’) and Taylor Kinney (Phil). Kinney is the silver lining in the dating pool that ensures us that the possibilities of a good guy still exist, while King’s character is every woman’s nightmare as the shallow and deceitful husband who is marked for revenge.

‘The Other Woman’ is an entertaining revenge film filled with laughs delivered by talented women. It is rated PG 13 for mature thematic material, sexual references and language with a run time of 109 minutes. It opens in theaters April 25, 2014.