Movies make it to disc so much more quickly these days than they used to! Barely three months after its theatrical release, The Other Woman gets the Blu-ray and DVD treatment on a single disc. The story of a wife, her husband’s mistress, and his other mistress, it’s a comedy of female bonding and revenge, with a dash of 9 to 5 vibe, as the trio of women make the sleazy man who has wronged them all pay. Too bad it’s not that funny.
At the center of The Other Woman are two figures. Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) plays Carly Whitten, a tough lawyer who thinks she has finally succeeded in the dating world, a struggle that has made it hard for her to care about others as a coping mechanism. Leslie Mann (This is 40) is Kate King, the spouse without a job or kids to occupy her, and who desperately needs something in her life besides giving her husband ideas to use at work. They form an unlikely bond of friendship as they decide how to handle their common scourge, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones). They later find him sleeping with Amber (model Kate Upton), too, which prompts them to take their schemes to the next level, determining that Mark must be stopped once and for all and punished severely.
Diaz and Mann are two film veterans, so one would think that their casting in The Other Woman would be a no-brainer. But they aren’t well used and the film suffers from a mediocre script. It’s nice to see Diaz playing the rock at the center of the crazies, and Mann does annoying well. But Kate is too annoying, to the point where it’s hard to feel any sympathy for her, even as one realizes that Mark’s behavior may be a driving factor in her current personality. The two also go from detesting one another to being bosom buddies without enough explanation in between, during their second night of getting plastered. A smidgen more connection between point A and point B would be welcome.
The Other Woman doesn’t get any better when Upton shows up. Upton and singer Nicki Minaj, who plays Carly’s entitled assistant, are not actors and it shows. Thankfully, Don Johnson (Nash Bridges, Miami Vice), who plays Carly’s dad, and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), who is Kate’s brother and Carly’s love interest, are good. However, this makes for a very uneven ensemble, keeping the film rough around the edges.
Coster-Waldau is deliciously charming and sociopathic, but we don’t get to see that enough. For most of the running time of The Other Woman, he’s getting away with things, not suffering at all for his sins. In fact, at least one of the females who has the most justifiable anger towards him still is tempted to sleep with him even after the truth about him is exposed. By the time he gets his comeuppance, which, of course, must happen, it’s satisfying, but doesn’t give the actor enough of a chance to shine in that more interesting situation.
The story stumbles along for quite awhile, taking a bit of time before it goes anywhere. Then, once it does, it goes a little too fast, jumping from tiny pranks to the big finale quite quickly. Some of the emotional hurdles between the three women and their feelings for the man are leapt over with barely a mention, making the girl power angle fall short, too. The ending is very neatly tied up, which makes sense for a film like this, but it also robs the proceedings of authenticity and honesty. This could be forgivable if there were more jokes, but since the tone is more focused on pathos than laughs, it doesn’t quite land. There are worse ways to spend two hours, but neither can I really recommend this movie.
The extras for The Other Woman are light. We get eight deleted scenes, including an epilogue tag for Mark, a gag reel, gallery, trailer, and “giggle fit,” nothing that really gives insight into the production or story. The picture and audio quality are excellent, as most current films tend to be on blu-ray, but other than a couple of beach shots, there’s not really anytime this is taken advantage of, so blu-ray is preferred only in that DVD starts to look bad after watching most video in high definition.
In all, The Other Woman is forgettable and this release doesn’t show much effort to try to make up for that. If you’re so inclined, it is available now.
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