The Other Woman has an interesting premise. Leslie Mann plays Kate King, a woman who appears to be happily married to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Mark King. The only thing is Mark is having an affair with Cameron Diaz.
Let’s back up a bit.
The thing about The Other Woman, and you could guess given the film’s title, is that it is told from the perspective of Diaz’s Carly. We meet Carly and she is madly in love and believes she has the most awesome guy in the world. She has played the field and is ready to settle down with her beau that she’s ready to introduce to her friends. And yes, his name is Mark.
On the eve of Mark meeting Carly's father, he announces that he has to go to his house in Connecticut for the weekend and cancels their plans. Carly decides to head to Connecticut to surprise him and as teased in The Other Woman trailer, Carly meets Kate… Mark’s wife.
And like is shown off in this The Other Woman clip, Carly is pissed and decides she will not be giving Mark any sort of chance with having a future with her. She had no idea he was married.
The curveball in The Other Woman’s woman-scorned premise is that Kate pursues Carly with a million questions. They become unlikely friends, due to their shared distrust of Mark, and in the process meet Amber (Kate Upton) -- another lover of Mark’s. Upton is in the dark as well and now we’ve got a trio who you may think would be hell-bent on revenge.
They are, to some degree, but that is not what The Other Woman is truly about. This film is a women as friends movie. The three bond over their scorn, but that is simply the beginning of what connects them as each other’s support circle.
The problem we have is that it is possible that this friendship would be the outcome of such a situation. But, in the short span of a film it is a little hard to buy. Director Nick Cassavetes does his best with a story that in theory should work. And the cast has outstanding chemistry that has the viewer pulling for these women to not even get revenge, but to just be happy.
Two actresses stand out. In many ways, this is Mann’s movie. It’s presented as a Diaz vehicle, but it truly is Mann’s chance to shine. She explores all sorts of emotions and has us laughing hysterically at and with her along the way. Joining her in the spotlight belongs on them department is Nicki Minaj, who portrays Diaz’s assistant. In fact, we wanted more scenes with the rapper-singer! Let’s just say she has a promising future in film if she wants it.
Our The Other Woman review finds that women will enjoy the camaraderie that is truly the theme of the film -- even if it is a little forced.