|2014||109 Min||Romance . Comedy|
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB.
|Actors:||Don Johnson , Kate Upton , Leslie Mann , Cameron Diaz , Nikolaj Coster-Waldau , Taylor Kinney , Nicki Minaj , Deborah Twiss , Alyshia Ochse , Jennifer Glasgow|
Audiences looking for a nonstop laugh riot may be disappointed, but the big laughs are there, and they benefit from the movie's underlying sincerity.
Definitely funny. Goofy, ridiculous, with more gross-out humor than is strictly necessary but still funny.
This one has its own wonky charm and intermittent moments of genuine, depraved hilarity; it's like "Bridesmaids" drawn in crayon.
Apparently intended as a blend of "Bridesmaids" and "The First Wives Club," it’s often oddly engrossing, almost despite itself, largely thanks to the performances and the free rein the director gives his stars.
Written by newcomer Melissa K. Stack, The Other Woman offers roughly equal parts wit and witlessness, casual smarts and jokes, lingering and detailed, regarding explosive bowel movements. Based on that ratio, I'd say the screenwriter's future in Hollywood looks pretty good.
Melissa K. Stack’s script has snap and crackle to go with the pop, making this female wish-fulfillment fantasy an “Eat, Pray, Revenge” that delivers the punches that two “Sex and the City” movies never could.
The Other Woman eschews plenty of standard genre expectations to make an unexpectedly friendship-friendly film.
As it winds its way toward an unexpectedly grisly final showdown, The Other Woman often feels stranded between gross-out comedy, romantic fantasy and distaff psychodrama in a way that compels fascination and impatience alike.
Instead of updating the genre, The Other Woman rehashes it, bringing little more than a few giggles and a dash of glamour to the table.
A montage-happy, occasionally unpleasant film that’s still strangely watchable, The Other Woman is almost saved by a cast that’s … well, likable isn’t quite the word.
Thank goodness for Leslie Mann. If not for the nutball charm of this tight-wound whirlwind, the dispiriting Hollywood sex comedy The Other Woman would be close to unbearable.
Trouble is, Cassavetes — working from a script by Melissa K. Stack — veers wildly between cautionary tale, revenge comedy, scatological raunchfest and female empowerment drama.
Oh, all right, some of The Other Woman is funny. The parts with Leslie Mann, mostly, who makes this hit-and-miss, problematic comedy directed by Nick Cassavetes far more entertaining than it has a right to be.
Granted, femme-centered film comedies are a thing to cherish, but The Other Woman only gets it half right.
A smiling Cameron Diaz and a weeping Leslie Mann bring a lot to any movie, but they aren't enough to overcome the mix-and-match mania of these proceedings. Girls just wanna have fun, but they'd also like a coherent night at the movies.
Practically every gag in this movie, and there are scores of them, is milked dry. When the gags aren’t very good to begin to with, this is a prescription for disaster.
Somewhere around the 60-minute mark, director Nick Cassavetes — whose career makes one wish that John Cassavetes had been a better father — pushes the movie into Tyler Perry territory, with the final third playing as a tone-deaf mixture of wish fulfillment, punishment, and bawdy innuendo.
A few lowbrow laughs… but far too many one-note characters, performances, and plot points to make them worth showing up for.
And yet, all three women are less watchable and amusing that Nicki Minaj as Carly’s legal assistant Lydia.
Nick Cassavetes (John Q, The Notebook) has never delivered a picture that entirely knows what its tone is, and a manic uncertainty duly sucks the fun away.
The Other Woman doesn't give these actresses much to do except look ridiculous, if not sneaky and conniving.
Slyness, slapstick and sex can often be mixed to amusing effect whatever the specifics — the original "Hangover," for example, did a credible job of it — but The Other Woman is ultimately undone by its indecision.
A female solidarity adultery comedy that's three parts embarrassing farce to one part genuinely comic discharge.
The Other Woman ignores dozens of potentially edgy possibilities to tell the most banal story imaginable - and to do it badly.
The film is clearly wary of either being too saccharine or taking itself--or the notion of compulsive infidelity--too seriously, though its schadenfreude is unwavering.
Although The Other Woman nibbles around the edges of revealing truths about relationships, it leaves most of that potential behind, instead pursuing easy, exhausted cliches about zip-less marriages, upper class suburban drudgery, cynical careerism and dumb-but-sweet blondes.
This thing swings from broad gross-out comedy to something that seems to be struggling to be a reflection of real life, and it never establishes a baseline reality. It is a strange misfire that is only saved from being a complete disaster by the efforts of the film's two leads.
The bigness of Mann’s performance can’t help but set the film’s tone, which goes manic and high-strung to the point of hysteria before settling down and becoming really stupid and gross.
The only thing missing from this steaming casserole, in fact, is the one crucial ingredient: A sense of humor.
It’s only mid-April, but I’m making an early reservation for The Other Woman to appear on my list of the 10 Worst Films of 2014.
One of those loud, cringe-y female-empowerment comedies that feels like it was made by people who hate women.
Playing like a script that’s been moldering since Diane Keaton turned it down in 1983, The Other Woman is a weak adultery rom-com in which the most authentic performance comes from a non-housebroken Great Dane.
This female revenge comedy is so dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue.
The Other Woman scrawls out a dumb dumb-feminist message with a big, fat marker pen.
So instead of the rom-com, we now have the “non-com.” The cardboard characters and predictable rhythms remain. But this time, we get all the comic cliches with none of the romance.
1. A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE ( Performer: Etta James )
2. GET MY DOUGH ( Performer: Ester Dean )
3. GIMME YOUR LOVE ( Performer: Morcheeba )
4. FEVER ( Writer: )
5. SWEET ( Writer: )
6. LA VIE EN ROSE ( Writer: )
7. LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD ( Performer: Raining Jane )
8. COOL JERK ( Performer: The Go-Gos (as The Go-Go's) )
9. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE THEME ( Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra) )
10. FEELS SO GOOD ( Writer: )
11. SHORTIE IN THE BACK ( Performer: Basko featuring Nomadik )
12. FEEL IT IN THE AIR ( Performer: tête-à-tête )
13. GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN ( Performer: Cyndi Lauper )
14. HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES ( Writer: )
15. TRIED BY 12 ( Performer: The East Flatbush Project featuring Des )
16. SHANG-HI ( Writer: )
17. BOHANNON DUB ( Performer: Fat Freddy's Drop )
18. THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE ( Performer: Air Supply )
19. CARRY YOU ( Performer: Restless Blues Band )
20. WAKING UP IN PARADISE ( Performer: Written and Cisco Adler )
21. BUBBLE BUTT ( Performer: Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic )
22. BILINGUAL BOY ( Performer: Written and 'CuCu Diamantes' )
23. GUAJIRA (CARRIBEAN VERSION) ( Performer: 'CuCu Diamantes' )
24. THE SUN IS RISING ( Performer: Britt Nicole )
25. GONNA MISS YOU WHEN YOU'RE GONE (LIVE IN THE BING LOUNGE AT101.9 KINK.FM) ( Performer: Written and Patty Griffin )
26. NEW YORK, NEW YORK ( Performer: Frank Sinatra )
27. ROYALS ( Performer: Lorde )
28. I'm Coming Out (The Other Woman Remix) ( Performer: Keyshia Cole and Iggy Azalea )