A solid waste of life
Article: Tatenda Chikukwa – Contributor
The Other Woman is much more horrible than the trailer advertised. There are moments in this film where one wonders how such dribble could make it to the big screen.
I honestly didn’t expect a masterpiece film, but I was surprised at how horrible it kept on getting. Just when you think it can’t get any worse or nonsensical, it does!
From long-running pointless dialogue, annoying characters, and faults in plot continuity, The Other Woman leaves much to be desired. Nick Cassavetes, director of romantic classic The Notebook has completely failed with this gem.
What is this floppy female flick about? Yeah you guessed it: sisterhood, female-empowerment, and all that jazz that can only be gained through destroying a man.
When Carly (Cameron Diaz) finds out that her boyfriend Mark (Game of Thrones’ Nickolaj Coster-Waldau) is cheating on his wife Kate (Leslie Mann), she leaves him to retain her self-respect and preserve the sisterhood. The ladies become really fast friends and team up with Mark’s other-other woman Amber (Kate Upton) to exact revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
There are some funny slapstick moments that make you chuckle, like the ladies slipping Mark a diarrheic and giving him female hormones, but overall the movie fails.
Leslie Mann is funny in exactly three scenes and largely with the help of her co-star. Diaz’s comedic style is the Hail Mary that saves this movie. It’s a shame her talents are often wasted on bad scripts and co-starts below her comedic talent.
“Over-acting” or “ridiculous exaggeration” best describe Mann’s performance. She comes across as annoying and over-bearing. It got so frustrating that I began to sympathize with her scumbag husband.
Rounding up the dynamic trio is Kate Upton, who is basically a glorified extra. She’s only there to second the other characters opinions and jiggle her massive bosom. Her talents would have been much more appreciated in the next Transformers movie.
There are many moments in this movie I’d like to forget but the biggest one of them all has to be rapper Nicki Minaj’s performance. Minaj plays Diaz’s sassy assistant and fails miserable at it.
Her scenes are clearly edited to death, and she comes off as mono-toned throughout the movie. Her characters’ gold-digger values and hyper sexualized clothing look out of place in Carly’s presidios law office. It’s very disheartening to see the only woman of color in this movie as a ridiculous token Barbie doll cartoon. Thanks Hollywood!
Just when you think all-female comedy movies like Bridesmaids and The Heat are making progress, this movie comes along and takes us a hundred steps back.
We don’t get a message of female empowerment as we did in other female comedies. The Other Woman teaches us women are crazy and men are oppressed. The ultimate goal in this movie is to either improve upon the man you have or find a new one. And this is exactly what two of the female leads in this film do.
I recommend you skip all 109 minutes of this unbearable rom-com cliché. But if you find yourself bored on a rainy day in Vancouver like I did and decide to see it, please enjoy a few alcoholic beverages before bravely entering the cinema.