“The Other Woman:” A Ho-Hum Movie With Pretensions

By Leah Cresswell

What did I just watch? I think this movie might have killed half of my brain cells. If not more. “The Other Woman,” which I expected to love due to the talented actors in it, started off bad, got a little better, but then went on that downhill spiral to stupidity.

Writer Melissa Stack and director Nick Cassavetes seemed to have a good message, but not a good way to deliver it.

It starts off in New York City with a woman, Cameron Diaz, falling for her boyfriend, Nikolaj Colster-Waldau. He starts being suspicious and cancels getting drinks with her dad to go to Connecticut for a plumbing issue.

She decides to go there, dressed like a sexy plumber (if you can imagine a sexy plumber), as a surprise and to spend time with him in an attempt to save her relationship.

She’s the one surprised when a woman answers the door: her boyfriend’s wife. She tells the woman that she must have the wrong address. This woman, Leslie Mann, has caught on to what was happening and goes to visit her own husband’s suspected mistress at work, hoping that her suspicion was wrong. It wasn’t.

After this complication becomes more or less clear, Diaz and Mann start an unconventional friendship behind Colster-Waldau’s back. They discover that the man they both fell in love with and trusted is cheating with yet another woman, Kate Upton.

So they follow him on a “business trip” and they introduce themselves to this other mistress. The three become close and begin to plot against the man in all three of their lives. They do things such as putting estrogen in his smoothies and slipping laxatives into his drinks. He has no idea that the three of them know each other.

It’s not until the end, when Colster-Waldau goes to Diaz’s law office for a meeting when he discovers that the three know everything and are responsible for his eventual doom. Divorced with no money, he is left alone with nothing but the clothes on his back, which are then shredded after his break down.

Sounds like a decent plot right? Wrong. I laughed a little bit and there were times where I was enjoying it, but in the end, I stared blankly at the screen and wondered why I wasted my time.

One part I did like: it showed how strong and important friendship can be. Mann went to Diaz when she thought she had no one left, and Diaz later felt empty without her two new best friends, Mann and Upton.

So the film was an example of women standing up for themselves in tough times, and not relying on men. Mann’s character felt many times that she should just forgive her husband and move on, but Upton and Diaz persuaded her that he didn’t deserve her forgiveness. He was a terrible person, not likely to change.

Unlike many romantic comedies, “The Other Woman” shows that sometimes things don’t always work out, and that’s okay because there are people who be there for you no matter what. For women, sometimes, even if just for a while, girl friends are enough.

Nevertheless, I still know that this movie wasted, let’s see, 109 minutes of my life. You read the synopsis online and view the trailer instead, and save yourself some time.

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