Flush away any idea of seeing 'The Other Woman'

The Fresno BeeApril 25, 2014 

Kate (Leslie Mann), Carly (Cameron Diaz) and Amber (Kate Upton) bond over their shared goal: to exact revenge upon Kate´s cheating husband in "The Other Woman."

20TH CENTURY FOX

There's a scene in "The Other Woman" of a dog going to the bathroom on the beautiful wood floors in a swanky apartment. There's also a painfully long sequence of a man with diarrhea so bad he soils his pants. Sadly, those are the film's high points.

Wading through this cinematic dung pile is Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton. They play the wife and two mistresses of the business man/bed jumper (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Through a series of contrived situations, the three women find out about each other and become BFFs.

Listen. That's the sound of the last gasps of reality being sucked out of the movie.

There's little for the three women to do as the movie heads to an ending that has all the originality of a bread sandwich. Director Nick Cassavetes — who not only soils his own reputation but that of his father, John Cassavetes, with the sloppy work on this awful production — resorts to scenes of the women drinking together, braiding each other's hair and spying on their philandering lover to the point of brutal boredom.

Screenwriter Melissa Stack proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that she's a first-time scriptwriter putting together a story that hints at the empowerment of women but devolves into inane actions at the first sign of anything significant. Stack's only accomplishment is making a movie that proves both men and women can be equally stupid, ignorant and vapid.

The generally solid Diaz flounders as her character goes from tough attorney to girl with a crush. And, Mann's left to ramble through scenes in a desperate attempt to find something funny.

Buried under the hackneyed story, uninspired performances, trite actions and forgettable direction is the suffocated idea about revenge. Had that been developed, the movie might have crawled out of the toilet.

With so much wrong with this stink of a movie, pick any other movie than "The Other Woman."


MOVIE REVIEW

"The Other Woman," rated PG-13 for gross humor, language, sexual content. Stars Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. Running time: 109 minutes. Grade: F

 

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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