Cameron Diaz as Carly Whitten
Leslie Mann as Kate King
Kate Upton as Amber
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Mark King
Nicki Minaj as Lydia
Don Johnson as Frank
5 out of 5
In theaters April 25
Carly (Diaz) is a modern woman. She’s a smart, confident high-powered lawyer with an active dating life. Not lacking for male attention, Carly starts dating Mark. She and Mark become an item to the point where Carly drops all her other “acquaintances.” Everything seems to be going fine until she finds out that Mark is married. That is one line that she will not cross, so against the advice of her outspoken assistant (Minaj), Carly quickly kicks Mark to the curb. Mark’s wife, Kate (Mann) finds out about the affair and confronts Carly. After the two commiserate, they become unlikely friends as Carly gives Kate advice on how to deal with her cheating husband. Then Kate discovers that Mark is seeing another younger woman named Amber (Upton). Carly and Kate bring Amber up to speed, and the women realize that Mark is a total dog and will always be a cheater. The ladies then decide that Mark needs to be taught a lesson, so they plot their revenge.
The Other Woman is a hilarious, laugh-out-loud comedy brilliantly directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper). As far as physical comedy goes, Diaz and Mann are a dream duo of Patsy and Eddie proportions. Leslie Mann’s Kate is the right combination of silly and neurotic. You feel a little sorry for her when she has her little meltdowns, but you’re still laughing. Diaz is the “straight man” of the act, but she does have her funny moments. Kate Upton’s Amber may seem a little clueless at times, but don’t underestimate her. One great stand out in a small role is entertainer Nicki Minaj. She’s just the right sassy spice to this wonderful cast of women. Game of Thrones star Nickolaj Coster-Waldau is a sleazy, conniving dog in this film who deserves everything he gets, and the ladies dish out plenty. Also Don Johnson (Nash Bridges, Miami Vice) makes a splash playing Carly’s father Frank. All of this plus a smart screenplay from Melissa Stack and a great soundtrack make The Other Woman a great time at the movies. To me this movie seemed reminiscent of the 90’s classic The First Wives Club starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. It’s definitely in the same ball park. If you like laughs I do recommend The Other Woman highly.
Check out the trailer for “THE OTHER WOMAN” below: