Cameron Diaz is one of the few big movie stars who can sell a movie on name alone. In a climate where movie stars are quickly losing cache in favor of spectacle, each success of an actor’s brand breathes new hope. This weekend further strengthens Diaz as a moviemaking name with her latest revenge comedy “The Other Woman.”
Diaz is Carly, a workaholic lawyer who has found a relationship with potential longevity. When her beau Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) reschedules meeting her father, Carly shows up unexpectedly to surprise him. Instead of Mark welcoming her, Carly comes face-to-face with Mark’s wife Kate (Leslie Mann). Kate quickly puts things together and confronts Carly. In lieu of fighting, the two band together in a mutual hatred. When Carly and Kate discover a third woman involved, a young voluptuous young woman named Amber (Kate Upton), they find themselves a trio as the three plot to avenge their shared betrayal.
As mid-range comedies go, they can either connect to fall flat. It’s rare that something falls in the middle. “The Other Woman” has the star power to succeed. Between the pith-perfect casting of the three women to the fearlessness in its joke delivery, it knocks it out of the park. Diaz and Mann especially have a chemistry that is so refreshing.
The film will likely be forgotten quickly, as many comedies do. But those who see it will enjoy it enough to watch it again. Its story may be centered on women, but the film has a script that has a much larger audience. 3.5 out of 5 stars
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