Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Other Woman

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Running Time: PG-13
Rating: 1 hour, 49 minutes

I was pretty skeptical about “The Other Woman” – I'd seen a ton of press and just knew it would be slapstick (see most of Cameron Diaz’s film history), whiny (ahem, Leslie Mann in “This is 40” and “Knocked Up”) and amateur (Kate Upton who? Oh, boobs) but I was proven so very wrong. This is a fantastic chick flick, that I’ll liken to the ultimate woman's revenge movie: “The First Wives Club”. The chemistry between Diaz and Mann is undeniable - I laughed out loud several times at Mann's brilliantly improvised lines. So did every other woman (and the few men) in the theatre. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. 

Gorgeous! Photo courtesy of Moviefone

You've seen the previews - you get the gist. Carly (Diaz) is sleeping with Mark, who is married to Kate (Mann). Once a THIRD "whore" is discovered, the three decide to get even with Mark. Though it gets a bit cheeky - hormones in his smoothies, Nair in his shampoo - the big take down comes as a twist at the end that I didn't see coming.

Taylor Kinney (aka Lady Gaga's beau!) is a breath of fresh air as Kate's sensitive, wealthy and good-looking brother. Nicki Minaj grabs every scene she's in as Carly's sharp-tongued assistant. I was so hoping she would burst into "Starships." And Kate Upton is actually charming. The movie is full of beautiful people. 

This film is a treat. To reference a favorite DC3 (or 4 at the time) song, "Ladies, leave your man at home." "The Other Woman" will have you laughing and making friends with the women in the row behind you.

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