This comedy oozes girl power from the first scene and continues until the final credits roll. “The Other Woman” will surprise viewers with its higher-than-expected entertainment value and well-timed slapstick humor. From the director of “The Notebook” and “The Hangover: Part II’” comes a comedy about women and delivered by women. The two guys with diminished roles consist of the nice, older brother of the humiliated wife, and the schmoozing pig of a husband, who cheats on that guy’s sister. This villain is perfectly cast by none other than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, whom many will recognize as the “Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister from the “Game of Thrones” HBO series.
The charm of this movie is in how it sidestepped being solely about the unfaithful husband and smartly focused on the beautiful, quick-witted, adventurous women. “The Other Woman” masterfully turned the table on any thought of the film depicting a loser playing his wife and girlfriends, and made it all about the gang of girls seeking revenge. The girls’ bonding moments and budding friendships not only kept the film fast-paced but also prompted many of the movie’s funniest moments.
This film is arguably Cameron Diaz’s best comedy work since 1998’s hilarious “There’s Something About Mary” flick. Even more impressive than Diaz’s performance is the unbelievable job Leslie Mann (“This is 40”) does in her role as the distressed wife, Kate. Mann’s impeccable sense of timing on her punchlines combines with an almost Jim Carrey-esque physical comedy presence, to accentuate Diaz’s humor and spark laughter throughout the movie.
A momentary slow start to the film is quickly overcome by the momentum gained through rapid-fire one-liners and solid camaraderie developed between the women. Later, scantily clad Kate Upton joins the fray as another betrayed hottie--completing the threesome hell-bent on scheming revenge.
“The Other Woman” tiptoes around male-bashing and makes the concerted effort to drill down on the girls’ relationships with each other. This stroke of genius allowed Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann to showcase their vast comedic talents. Between the pair’s deadpan delivery and their physical comedy, “The Other Woman” will delight audiences. The film’s worthy performances and well-written script create a formidable trio of women. And it’s these ladies that take out two unsuspecting men; the unfaithful husband of Kate, and “Captain America”s from atop the box office charts.
(Editor’s Note: Patrick King is a resident of Oro Valley. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)