The chance to see Sonny Crockett deck Jaime Lannister is something every television buff never knew they always wanted. Even so, there are more pressing matters and more capable stars in a movie like “The Other Woman,” such as the sentiment "sisters before misters."
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“The Other Woman,” rated PG-13
Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars
Running time: 109 minutes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Now playing at Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas.
Successful lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) has had no shortage of men in her life, but it’s been a long time since she’s taken one of her relationships seriously. That may have changed with her latest beau, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who could very well be Mr. Right.
What she never considered was that there already was a Mrs. Right.
When Carly unexpectedly meets Mark’s wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), she wants nothing more to do with the philanderer. However, his betrayed spouse is so devastated that she latches on to the only person who can understand her pain, which happens to be Carly.
The uneasy friendship between the two starts out as merely sympathetic until they realize the only sensible thing to do is to get revenge on the man who’s done them wrong, a mission that takes a new turn when they discover he’s cheating on both of them with yet another mistress (Kate Upton) who’s also not happy about being duped.
As someone whose chronic singlehood despite numerous high-profile boyfriends has been scrutinized nonstop, Diaz offers a realistic performance as a career gal who’s open to love but fine standing on her own two feet, softening a bit for a new friend who can’t handle her new reality.
Mann is consistently hilarious as the jaded wife whose initial low self-esteem — when we first meet her, she continually babbles about how she needs to attend a “brain camp” to be able to hold up a conversation — goes in the opposite direction with encouragement from her more confident companion. And, while dunking your husband’s toothbrush in the toilet and grinding up estrogen pills in his morning smoothie aren’t the most poetic forms of payback for infidelity, you’ve got to start somewhere.
As for Upton, the Sports Illustrated cover bombshell makes a role that mainly consists of looking stunning into one where she’s at least a little more than an airhead, with the bikini-clad Amber also doing her part to make Mark’s life miserable once she teams up with Carly and Kate.
It might actually be more interesting if we were to see a less attractive guy getting his comeuppance — since it’s not at all hard to see why these women were swept off their feet — but Coster-Waldau is a good sport in the karmic retribution that begins to befall him, including something for which “fecal incident” is the most polite term.
Besides a spark between Carly and Kate’s brother (Taylor Kinney), of which we can already guess the end result, there isn’t enough romance to call this a romantic comedy, but classifying it as a chick flick seems right and with less of a pejorative connotation than others of the genre.
Nick Cassavetes’ treatment of Melissa Stack’s screenplay touches on some very real emotions of married and dating life, and the trio of actresses let us feel the kind of tumult they’re experiencing, whether it’s the pain of being lied to or the security of knowing your friends are there for you.
Unfortunately, plot holes, overlength and some downright juvenile developments keep it from being substantial, with even the most devoted “Miami Vice” fans wondering what Don Johnson is doing playing Carly’s serial dater father.
Is “The Other Woman” empowering? Eh, maybe, maybe not.
Does it lie about its purpose? Not at all.
Long story short, if you want to see a strongly feminist film, maybe search elsewhere, but if your criteria for girls’ night out is to have some good chuckles and bond a little, look no further.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @TheBocksOffice.