Movie Guy: Talented trio of leading ladies go wild in mediocre 'Other Woman'
"The Other Woman" is a film that tries to do a little bit of everything, but seldom really succeeds at anything. This is a female revenge fantasy, a raunchy comedy and a sisterhood anthem all rolled up into one big mess of a movie. That does lead to several fun moments in the film, but nothing really gains enough traction to make this into anything more than just another mediocre comedy.
It's rather disappointing, given the cast and the promising story premise. Cameron Diaz plays a lawyer who finds out that the man she's been dating (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is already married. In a welcome surprise, the mistress actually ends up befriending the wife (Leslie Mann). You would think that the two women would become mortal enemies, but "The Other Woman" takes things in a different direction, teaming the two women up to bring the cheating husband down.
If two angry women can be fun, then three should be even better, so when they meet another one of the husband's mistresses (Kate Upton), they simply add her into their group vendetta. The rest of the film follows our trio of women as they proceed to make the husband's life as difficult as possible.
The women make a fairly appealing team, with Diaz and Mann providing plenty of laughs with their Odd Couple pairing. I've always found Leslie Mann to be very funny, and "The Other Woman" gives her plenty of opportunities to shine.
Model-turned-actress Kate Upton struggles to keep up with her more-accomplished co-stars, but her role only requires her to look good, and she certainly hits that mark. The rest of the supporting cast is hit and miss, with only Taylor Kinney truly registering as the hunky good guy who watches the revenge fantasy play out with charming bemusement.
All things considered, the cast makes the movie much better than it should have been. It should have been a total mess because the screenplay is erratic and the director, Nick Cassavetes has a difficult time building any momentum in his story. He also lets his cast down with some rather pedestrian direction that leaves many of the jokes to fall flat on their faces.
The end result is a schizophrenic story that has some fun moments and an appealing trio of leading ladies, but not enough humor or true sisterhood bonding to connect with the audience. We need that connection with the main characters so we can excuse their naughty actions up on the big screen. Without that connection, "The Other Women" is just a mediocre version of girls gone wild.