There is a lot a storyteller can do with the premise of a successful woman finding out that the man she is involved with is married. Tack on the situation where the wife and the girlfriend become friends and then find out that the man in question has another girlfriend and there is the possibility for true comedy gold here. Too bad director Nick Cassavetes working off a script by Melissa Stack doesn’t seem particularly interested in playing anything for laughs that isn’t a poop, boob, or failing virility joke.
Too bad indeed.
Because The Other Woman features Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and swimsuit model Kate Upton as the girlfriend, the wife, and the other girlfriend respectively. The man at the centre of all this hoopla is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Nicki Minaj makes a few appearances as the assistant (or secretary) to Diaz’s lawyer character. Kind of a casting director’s dream no? Between all the people mentioned, there should be more than enough interest to bring a lot of people into theatres. Throw in a slow motion shot of Ms. Upton running on the beach in a skimpy bikini right there in the trailer and everybody’s home free right?
That right there is the problem with The Other Woman: the scenes and the situations and the performances and the pulchritude just…sits there, doing nothing whatsoever. Sequence after sequence falls flat until one is forced to wring laughs out of the odd moderately well delivered line. SPOILER ALERT: Most of those lines are in the trailer.
Final Analysis: This movie is a whole lot of nothing. I watched it through to the end and then wondered why I had done so.
My Advice: For a saucy Cameron Diaz performance watch The Mask, or There’s Something About Mary; for an uptight Leslie Mann performance watch This is 40; for a creepy Nikolaj Coster-Waldau performance watch Headhunters; and for a swimsuit-clad Kate Upton just…surf the Internet.