The Other Woman

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The Other Woman definitely boasts a talented pedigree, but all that skill is never fully brought to bear on a story that settles for cheap laughs instead of reaching its empowering potential.

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New York lawyer Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) lives by strict rules when it comes to romantic relationships, but when she falls for suave, handsome Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), she begins an affair with him. A surprise visit to Mark's home reveals that he is married to devoted housewife Kate (Leslie Mann). Carly and Kate direct their hurt and anger toward Mark, and when they discover yet a third woman (Kate Upton) caught in his web of lies, the three join forces for revenge.

Cast & Crew

Cameron Diaz
Carly Whitten
Melissa Stack
Screenwriter
Donald J. Lee Jr.
Executive Producer
Chuck Pacheco
Executive Producer
Robert Fraisse
Cinematographer
Dan Davis
Production Design
Alan Heim
Film Editor
Jim Flynn
Film Editor
Aaron Zigman
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Critic Reviews for The Other Woman

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  • Jun 09, 2017
    I thought it was very funny. I was pleasantly surprised.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2015
    Better than I expected, offering a few genuine laughs and believable relationships between three women (a wife and two mistresses) cheated on by the same man. Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann perform brightly, while Kate Upton has two things going for her and neither of them is acting talent. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones) hits the mark as the sneeringly caddish adulterer, and his double offers the funniest breaking-through-glass stunt of all time.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2015
    This was a funny movie. Will it go down in history as a classic comedy? No. But it's likely a great flick for the ladies to watch with their friends.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2014
    You know, if it was up to me, I'd have switched the characters Nicki Minaj and Kate Upton played. I'd make Kate the assistant and Nicki the third woman this guy is lying to. I say that because, while Kate Upton is physically very attractive, she literally has the charisma of a bag of rocks. She could've been much worse, but there's literally no life behind her eyes. She may as well have been a robot and I wouldn't have noticed. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, certainly has SOME charisma. I didn't think she was great either, but she was definitely better than Kate Upton. And, the fact of the matter is, that Nicki Minaj has a better body, overall, than Kate Upton, this point can't even be argued, so they could've still done the reveal where Carly and Kate lose their shit over how hot this woman is. Problem is that the film wants to create a sisterly bond between these three women who've all been lied to by this manipulative and cheating asshole, but they probably KNEW that Kate Upton wasn't that good so they kept her away from that for as much as possible. So, because of that, it's really hard to buy that these three have bonded in such a way that they made a negative, being cheated and lied to by the same guy, into a positive, a sisterly bond that will stand the test of time. It MIGHT have worked if it was just Kate and Carly, but the fact they tried to make it about the three of them, was really stretching it. This film, really, is no good either. It wouldn't surprise me if this started as something more serious, like how Kate deals with Mark's infidelities and how Kate's feelings for Mark have an effect on how she handles the situation, but it probably got diluted and simplified until you have something that doesn't even resemble the original script. Because there was potential here with this story, but it was sacrificed in order to have a movie with more mass appeal. And I get it, that's perfectly fine. But, as they say, no risk no reward. I'd like to say that they waste a talented cast, but I've never really been that big a fan of Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton is there because she's beautiful, and Nicki Minaj is Nicki Minaj. The only two people I'd suggest were wasted on this film would be Leslie Mann and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I thought both Leslie and Nikolaj were good in their roles, but I wished the film had been a little more substantive than it was. Nikolaj probably gave me the only legit laughs I got from the film, and why this gets 1 star, when he's finally confronted by Kate, Carly, and Amber and his subsequent breakdown when they, rightfully, fuck him over is pretty great. I was certainly surprised because while the film did have a lot of slapstick and broad attempts at humor, which is cheap in and of itself, Nikolaj got some legitimate laughs out of me. Perhaps nothing laugh-out-loud worthy, but he made me laugh nonetheless. And I like Leslie because she's, really, the only sympathetic character in the entire film. Not to say the other women are unlikable, but she's the one that's really struggling to reconcile the man she fell in love with versus the man he currently is, one who uses women and doesn't really care whose heart he breaks as long as he gets what he wants. That's why I think this started as something more serious, before it got eaten up by Hollywood. There's still hints of that here, but not enough to make this improve the final cut of the film that we ended up with. It's certainly something that will appeal to some people, but it didn't really do anything for me. Of course, this is gonna bring out the 'it wasn't meant for you' contingent, which is one of the silliest things a person can say to counter someone else's opinion. A good movie is a good movie regardless of what demographic it is meant for. So that's where I leave it. A couple of talented actors have their talents wasted in this film, but it's not like I lost my mind over this film. I wasn't horrifically offended by how terrible it was. But it is a pretty bad movie, but this can be traced back to how poorly written it truly is. That's the main problem with the film, the poor scripting. The cast, for the most part, is fine and it has its moments, but the script is just absolutely dreadful and doesn't reach its full potential. I can't, in good conscience, recommend this film at all. It's just no good at all.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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