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‘The Other Woman’ Review: Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann & Kate Upton

There are two big (and hilarious) reasons you should flock to the theatre this weekend to see Nick Cassavetes’ (2004’s The Notebook) new film and they are Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

Diaz, who is known for her comedic skills in films like There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels and The Holiday and Mann, who is known for her down-to-earth physical comedic roles in films like The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This is 40 are both wonderful to watch here as two scorned women who form an unlikely friendship.

When successful lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) finds out that her boyfriend Mark (Nickolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she is shocked, hurt, and plans to never return any of Mark’s calls again. Carly thought she was done with Mark for good, until his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) shows up to Carly’s office wanting answer about her cheating husband. Though Carly tries to get rid of Kate, she does empathize with her, and after a long night of drinking, the two vow to take the two-timing Mark down.

As they are planning their revenge, Carly and Kate discover that Mark is having another affair, with young buxom blonde Amber (Kate Upton). Carly and Kate tell Amber of Mark’s true character and then the three join forces to prepare for the ultimate take down for the three-timing SOB.

Diaz is fantastic as the cool, collected independent Carly, while Mann is wonderfully fun as her polar-opposite Kate, who’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown when she finds out of her husband’s infidelity. Though the subject matter of these two characters forming a tight friendship may be hard to believe, its Diaz and Mann who make these ladies so likable and relatable. These two actresses succeed in making a great new comic duo and there are several scenes where I found myself crying I was laughing so hard!

The film does benefit from its supporting actors too. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is perfect as the handsome three-timing husband, while Nicki Minaj earns a few laughs as Carly’s loudly optimistic assistant. Kate Upton does well in her first big film role as the ditzy blonde sidekick, but she could use an acting coach to help her deliver her lines more naturally.

Where The Other Woman loses itself is in the silly B-plot, featuring Cameron Diaz and Taylor Kinney, who plays Kate’s brother in the film. For a woman who has prided most of her adult life on her independence and singleton, it doesn’t make sense for her to fall for another man so easily. What’s worse, the plotline is so boring and unnecessary that it makes the film overlong and diminishes the theme of female empowerment.

The Other Woman is one of the funniest films I’ve seen all year, thanks to Diaz and Mann’s committed performances, but the film could have been more memorable if the screenplay allowed for more female empowerment over the cheesy love scenes and shocking laughs.

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