Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Other Woman Movie Review!!!

A perfect example of a good idea poorly executed as Hollywood spoon feeds us yet another forgettable chick flick!!! Read our review for more!

I’ve probably mentioned this before, I don’t mind seeing a chick flick once in a while!!! Not at all!  In fact they can be unusually relaxing after a tense week.  Notting Hill, Love Actually, Hitch, Sophie’s Revenge and South Korea’s My Sassy Girl are just a few faves that come to mind.  I even own all seasons of Sex and The City and Gossip Girl on DVD!  I think that gives me enough chick flick street cred to say I know what I’m talking about when I say this is a pretty rubbish movie!

That’s right, this ranks up there amongst crappiness such as Mel Gibson’s What Women Want – how could he not know that they don’t want to see him prancing around, stereotyping and insulting women everywhere?  Okay, perhaps The Other Woman is not quite that bad but it’s pretty bad.

The premise is simple enough.  Kate King (Leslie Mann) realizes her husband, Mark King (the accomplished Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Headhunters and Game of Thrones fame – with a darn good American accent), has been cheating on her with Cameron Diaz.  Rather than go ballistic on Diaz’s butt, Kate goes to Diaz for solace and the two eventually realize there is even a third woman in the picture.  The ladies join forces to seek revenge.

When I put it like that, it sounds like it could be a pretty funny and amusing movie.  Unfortunately the execution and generic performances fail to live up to the potential.  There are so many funny things they could do but don’t, so many missed opportunities, that I found myself feeling more and more frustrated as the movie went on.

The friendship between Mann and Diaz feels fake and contrived right from the get go and Kate Upton is essentially a token character as the third woman who adds absolutely nothing to what’s going on.

There are only a handful of funny moments which really don’t save this movie from failing miserably. 

The only redeeming moment is something that reportedly happened off screen.  Upton was reportedly very anxious and self conscious about her beach running scene, but Diaz and Mann are so awesome in real life that they went out there on the beach, leaving their lunch breaks, to run by her side and give her the moral support she needed.  Unfortunately, the on screen shenanigans are nowhere near as awesome.

I’m sad to say this is a movie you should all try to avoid.  A by the numbers chick flick which probably only serves to given Diaz and Mann some extra pocket money for their next shopping spree.


Rating 1.5 out of 5


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