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He Said, She Said at the Movies: The Other Woman Review

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HE SAID:

I thought it could only go up from “Transcendence” and boy was I wrong. I WAS REALLY WRONG. “The Other Woman” will easily end up on several Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014 lists. In the first 10 minutes, it alienates its audience, foreshadowing characters that have no brains, outlandish motivations and spout ridiculous banter that is so over-the-top, it makes “A Clockwork Orange” seem like ultra-realism. It tells the story of three women who become the most unlikely best friends ever, after Kate (Leslie Mann) finds out her husband is cheating on her with several mistresses (including Carly played by Cameron Diaz). They band together to exact revenge on Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones), who is about as subtle in his extra-marital affairs as a tank rolling down a neighborhood street painted in neon colors. It’s about as contrived a plot as you can imagine. Every turn is completely obvious, every joke flat and offensive and every scene layered with music from an album that must have been titled Cliché: Greatest Hits. It’s a comedy in genre labeling only, because the brand of humor on display earns more groans than laughter. It’s as if Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton (yes, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model) made a pact to show audiences they’re willing to make a movie that allows them to remove their dignity as performers.

These characters are despicable people, and they almost make an adulterer look like the good guy. Nicki Minaj as a secretary? Why didn’t any other director before Nick Cassavetes think of that before? Possibly because she can’t act and is so unpleasant to be around, I would have preferred Tyler Perry’s Madea. Kate Upton? Her line reads are so painful, you can picture production assistants holding up cue cards in the background in 64 size font so she can read them. Cameron Diaz looks bored, and Leslie Mann whines and cries in almost every scene, and in response to almost every line from another character in this movie. Also, back in 1994, the Farrelly Brothers created the funniest Ex-Lax scene of all-time. It’s been re-hashed, blatantly copied and reimagined so many times at this point, it’s embarrassing. So it should come as no surprise that this movie embraces such as a scene, with a laziness that is almost impressive. This is one of the worst movies ever made. It’s not a movie about female empowerment or open-minded ideas. It’s a movie with racially insensitive jokes, degrading female heroines and unbelievably insulting ideas about the way the world works and how a man cheating on his wife multiple times is okay as long as it comes with a punch line. SKIP IT.


SHE SAID:

I thought “The Other Woman” was absolutely hilarious. I went to see it by myself and was laughing out loud throughout the entire film. If you’ve seen any of the previews you know what this movie is—it doesn’t try to bill itself as an award winning classic or anything of that sort.  It’s a man bashing chick flick plain and simple. I think it’s been a while since any really really funny and good chick flick movie has come out, and I thought this one was really funny.

I absolutely love Cameron Diaz (who plays a witty revenge seeking lawyer who finds out her boyfriend is married) and Leslie Mann (who plays the cute insecure wife).  I’ve never seen Kate Upton or Nicki Minaj act before—so I was kind of worried they’d ruin it.  While they were kind of cheesy at times, I thought they both did well and were pretty funny too.  Cameron Diaz definitely steals the show in my opinion.  This movie takes two several loveable characters… you could see any of these pretty women falling in love with the main man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) but the plot twists it so it’s not a romance you actually want to see happen. 

The film got the number one spot at the box office over the weekend—and I would definitely give it my full price review.  I see it as a film most women think is funny and with three beautiful women stealing the show… I think men will definitely enjoy it as well.



 
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