Pure candyfloss fun
Sisters are doing
it for themselves in The Other Woman.
NO ONE can complain that this movie hasn’t enough brash jokes, cheap laughs and clichés going for it.
They can, however, complain that it lacks romance – hey, it’s mostly a revenge story – and is rather heavy-handed with its frenzied characters and haphazard pacing.
High-flying lawyer Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) trades her corporate outfit for a sexy plumber one to surprise her boyfriend at his home, only to find out that he is a married man.
She wants nothing more than to get Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) out of her life and to put it all behind her, but his Stepford wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), won’t let her.
After a couple of drinks and playing dress up in a huge wardrobe, they somehow become fast friends.
The unlikely duo team up with yet another object of Mark’s affections who is blissfully unaware of his playboy tendencies, the beautiful bikini-wearing Amber (Kate Upton).
We are introduced to her in a scene where she’s prancing around being all bouncy and buoyant on the beach – the most memorable reason for her existence in this movie.
From here on, it’s revenge all the way, courtesy of these three women who plot to get their own back. Mark is a sleazeball who must pay for his sins – at least, that’s the message I got.
Carly, Kate and Amber drop everything to make sure that he gets it good. They swap his shampoo with a hair removal product, dip his toothbrush in the toilet bowl, oestrogen-dose him into being more womanly and less man, then make him noisily and messily poop in his pants.
They even trail this charming loverboy to the Bahamas, where they can frolic in skimpy clothes and get a nice tan.
Doesn’t matter what they do though, he’s still Mr Dreamy to many a woman.
The Other Woman – it really should be The Other Women – feels almost like a teen American movie, except that most of the characters are considerably older than teenagers.
There’s a touch of Sex And The City in the movie as well: Girl power! Women versus men (or man)! Women commiserating over coffee and other miscellaneous drinks while wearing pretty clothes!
Bonus: You get to see a stereotypical tropical paradise complete with coconut trees, blue sky, sand, sea and implied sex.
At the end of the day, this movie is just a light-hearted and very ditzy romp between the sheets, with three beautiful women (four, if you like Nicki Minaj, who plays Carly’s saucy assistant), two beautiful men (three, if you like elderly distinguished gentlemen with a hippie heart) and one big dog.
Not exactly a winning combination for me, but there are probably many fans out there for whom the comedic aspect will outshine any grievances with plot and pacing.
Just don’t expect it to be subtle.