Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Women Power, Unite!
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never heard of The Other Woman before I saw it. I may have seen a trailer for it before, but it skittered out of my brain shortly after I saw that…so you knew I was in trouble when I decided to see it regardless. It’s not a terrible, rambunctious film, but it has issues impressing its audience. The real shocker is how it managed to get a good cast. I mean…they got so many recognizable faces and even someone from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Let’s just say the casting doesn’t make the most sense given the plot of the movie…which isn’t much.
Let me introduce you to our characters. You have Carly (Cameron Diaz), Kate (Leslie Mann), and Amber (Kate Upton). Three different women with three very different personalities that have one common denominator…they are all unknowingly dating the same man. When Carly figures it out, she and the two girls join together in a plot to ruin the man’s unfaithful life. Oh yeah, and there’s also another plot about a bank robbery or something.
I mention that bank robbery plot because amidst everything else, you are randomly given this…plot about embezzlement from an off-shore bank account that feels so out of place that it comes up behind you and surprises you. You’re watching a funny revenge movie about three girls that are out to get this guy, and suddenly this random plot shows up out of the blue. I honestly was so surprised that I had a hard time following the plot after that point. It should have just stuck to what it knew and kept it simple. That plot was no where near needed and it kind of ruined everything else.
I will say, however, that the actual revenge plot itself was very funny…it just took forever to get to that point. The whole movie had a lot of preparation and character introduction, development, and interaction. It was about these three girls upset at each other and then transforming into best friends before it even went the revenge route…which again…isn’t a huge mistake…but now you have a tangled web of three different plots that don’t weave together very well at all. The best plot, in my opinion, was the revenge bit…and it just took too long to get there, unfortunately.
Also, it may only be me, but the entire inclusion of Nicki Minaj as Carly’s secretary was completely annoying and unnecessary.
All in all, I’d have to say that the movie felt like it had a lot of writers that couldn’t agree on which direction they really wanted to go. It had the elements of a good RomCom, but they were all separated by a huge, indestructible wall. These elements, of course, would be good character writing, a main plot, and a secondary plot…which the film respectfully has, but none of these work together in harmony, nor in timing or direction. It’s messy.
The Other Woman had a good idea somewhere up its sleeve in regards to a successful romantic comedy. It had all of the elements for a great movie, which was great diverse character writing and development, a solid and classic main plot, and a fun secondary story.
None of that matters, however, because they don’t work together at all. Instead, these elements are like opposite magnets. They just feel wrong together and it makes the audience sigh in annoyance. I would forgive all that if it just got to the revenge plot quick enough, and trust me when I say…it didn’t even come close to being forgivable.