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The Other Woman

Genre: Comedy

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj

MPAA-Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 25th, 2014

In the new comedy The Other Woman, see three females (a pack nicknamed by one of them as “the lawyer, thumb the wife and the boobs”) seek vengeance against the object of their mutual disdain. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who, viagra 40mg it should be noted, raped his sister in the latest episode of Game of Thrones) plays the bad guy here— a character-type he’s becoming accustomed to. But instead of hilarity ensuing, this feature finds itself sinking in a swamp of stereotypes with revenge tactics so lame that audience members could feel like they are being punished.

Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) is the first woman we see the suave millionaire Mark King (Coster-Waldau) with. She’s supposed to be a successful attorney and yet she feels like her greatest weakness is that she can’t find a man to fall in love with. King romances her for eight short weeks and she falls to pieces, believing he’s her one true love. When King bails on a date with her because of a “flood”at his house , she follows him home wearing only a sexy plumbing outfit.

It’s here where the story begins to show how shallow it really is. Would King really give his mistress his home address? If he was so dumb, why is this the first time that his naive wife Kate (Leslie Mann) discovers his infidelity?

The entire premise here falls apart moments after the feature starts. The idea is that King is sleeping with every woman who gives him a second look but none of the women realize this until he’s caught by Carly.  However, after the realize it, they all see him flirting with every other woman in sight? Wouldn’t any of these “smart” women notice his obnoxious behavior before?

What follows from this fault-ridden premise is a series of scenes featuring reportedly-successful women plotting revenge against this one man. Shortly after Carly and Kate realize that Mark is sleeping with both of them, they find Amber (Kate Upton), who serves as woman number 3.

It’s true that there are a few legitimately funny scenes in the film that made me chuckle. A scene involving Cary and Kate hiding in the bushes works, as does a sequence involving Kate putting on her wedding dress (and hiding Carly underneath). Unfortunately, though, the humor there is surrounded by “fecal” humor and obnoxious behavior. A dog using a nice living room as his personal hydrant isn’t funny and later on, a man being incapable of controlling his bowels is gross as well. Far, far too often, this comedy aims for the lowest-hanging fruit and the most gag-worthy humor but neither choice works well.

Did I mention that Nicki Minaj appears here as Carly’s underwhelming assistant with her most important line being “Selfish people live longer?” Minaj might be trying to be an actress (she tries too hard actually, as do most of the other players here) but the greater crime is that this story is attempting to be a comedy. Instead it overburdens the audience with cliches that have been seen dozens of times before (check out John Tucker Must Die, for an example of that), characters that are supposed to be successful but simply seem moronic and people and animals that can’t control their bowels.

Sound funny? It shouldn’t.

Review by: John Hanlon