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Movie Review: The Other Woman

TheOtherWoman_2PosterTitle: The Other Woman
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate UptonNikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Kinney and Don Johnson
Writer: Melissa Stack
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 109 minutes
Philippine Release Date: 7 May 2014

Official Movie Synopsis:
After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

Official Movie Trailer:

Review In A Nutshell:
I liked The Other Woman; it had all the elements of a fun, light Hollywood fare. I just wished the unnecessary bits were not included. Doing so would have made it the perfect film to watch on a weekend date with your girlfriends to escape from this blistering Metro Manila heat.


Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

From The Mourning Bride by William Congreve


WARNING: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.


Most of my friends know that I love rom-coms; it’s my quick, fun escape from the daily grind of my stress-filled worklife where I can laugh out loud to my heart’s content.  Whenever I see one that gets me interested, I find time to watch it even if there’s something else in the cinemas that would probably be worth the 200+ pesos I would pay for a ticket (clue: think webs).  Such is the case of The Other Woman which hit Philippine cinemas about four days ago and it stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.

As the movie featured three gorgeous ladies, I will start off this review by sharing the three things I loved the most about The Other Woman starting with…


LOVE: Leslie Mann

I have nothing but words of praise for this woman. Her portrayal of a clueless wife went way beyond my expectations. Her performance was both refreshing and effortless. She breathed a lovable kind of vulnerability to Kate, a character that can be seen as a wallflower compared to Carly and Amber. I cannot see any actress portray Kate better than Leslie so two-thumbs up to her.

I’m not saying that the other ladies are not good; it was really nice seeing Cameron Diaz again in a rom-com and newcomer Kate Upton was adorable. However, Leslie Man stood out for me more so props to her.

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Amber, Carly and Kate plotting their next move.

LOVE: Fashion & Music

As I was doing a bit of research for this review, I learned that Patricia Field (of Sex and The City fame) was the costume designer and I loved how she dressed her actresses in tune to their characters — it matched very well that you get a good sense of their personalities just by the way they were dressed.

And since I’m a soundtrack junkie, I shazamed the music featured in the movie, which was a great mix of contemporary (Lorde, Raining Jane) and classic (Etta James, Cyndi Lauper) tunes. However, the one song that stood out for me was The Sun Is Rising by Britt Nicole: it felt very appropriate for that scene when Kate threw her engagement and wedding rings, finally accepting the truth about her husband and that it was time to move on.

Scouting The Latest Victim

Amber, Carly and Kate scouting the latest victim.

LOVE: Oddest Girlfriends Ever

Cheating is perhaps one of the easiest (and probably the most overused) conflict in every Hollywood offering that features love and romance as one of its main themes. I have seen far too many rom-coms in my lifetime to say that.  However, what made The Other Woman stand out for me is that it nearly echoed the plot points of The Feng Shui Junkie by Brian Gallagher, one of my favorite and frequently re-read books. The book features a lawyer who discovered her husband was cheating on her with a woman who was a Feng Shui junkie.  As she tries to get back at her husband and the other woman, she eventually gets to know the latter, realizes that they were both victims and befriends her.

When I read it the first time, I wished someone working in Hollywood would pick it up and make a movie out of it.  The Other Woman became sort of like a wish fulfilled for me. There was beauty in the oddness of the relationship that formed among Kate, Carly and Amber… so much so that I missed my girlfriends while I was watching. I liked the idea that something as positive as friendship can come out from something hurtful such as cheating. And it seems that the three ladies became good friends after the production wrapped which was clearly seen during their promotional activities.

And since the ladies ultimately scheme against one guy, I will share the one thing I hated the most which is…


Kate and Lydia were not laughing here. So was I.

HATE: Unnecessary Slapstick

The Other Woman’s plot was good enough and it was served well with witty, truthful dialogue. I was expecting that the movie would have a Nancy Meyers-esque feel to it thus you can imagine my surprise at the slapstick scenes that were completely unnecessary. I know the movie is a romatic-comedy so some form of slapstick can be expected, but seeing that much stuff getting broken is over the top and completely unrealistic; case in point, an entire glass conference room explodes when someone walks through it. Yep, you read me right: a regular philandering Joe has the power to break not one but four glass panels.  There’s even blood involved (ew). Save for some scenes which all included Leslie Mann, the slapstick injected into the movie was generally ridiculous, too in-your-face and annoyingly distracting. I am aware that I am watching a romantic-comedy; I do not need to be reminded of it every 15-20 minutes.

Two of my favorite lines from the movie.

Two of my favorite lines from the movie.

I liked The Other Woman; it had all the elements of a fun, light Hollywood fare. I just wished the unnecessary bits were not included. Doing so would have made it the perfect film to watch on a weekend date with your girlfriends to escape from this blistering Metro Manila heat.


My Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

My Two-Cents:
If you like slapstick comedy, go ahead and check it out. If you do not but you can ignore it because the plot is interesting enough, watch it.  Skip it entirely if slapstick comedy is absolutely not your thing.


All the images featured on this blog post can be seen on The Other Woman’s official movie website and Facebook page.