Last night I saw the advance screening of “The Other Woman”. The Other Woman attempts to prove that friendship lurks in even the most unexpected places, along the vein of Bridesmaids. Carly (Cameron Diaz) is a New York City lawyer with a long list of conquests and strict rules about dating. She thinks she’s finally stumbled on a decent guy, only to discover the man of her dreams is already married to the annoyingly manic but sweet Kate (Leslie Mann).
When the truth about Mark is revealed, Carly is alarmed to find Kate reaching out to her for help and companionship. The plot thickens when the two women discover Mark has another mistress, the much-younger Amber (Kate Upton) who soon joins Carly and Kate on their revenge mission to bring the serial adulterer down.
While The Other Woman starts off strong and delivers a basket of sight gags and gross-out jokes to rival any male-centric comedy, it quickly loses steam and sight of its goal. The narrative is entirely predictable and unsatisfying, much like the second half of the picture. The characters are reduced to the stereotypes ‘bitchy mistress’, ‘weak wife’ and finally the ‘ditzy, big-bosomed chick’.
The movie is sometimes playful, but that wasn’t enough for me to give it 3-stars. Your level of enjoyment will depend on how much you enjoy the implausible, raunchy revenge humor genre and how much of your brain you’re willing to turn off. (2/5 stars)