Leslie Mann

Leslie Mann

Reel Reviews: Bridesmaids revisited in The Other Woman

“The Other Woman exemplifies the crazy buddy caper movie, but with women.”

  • May. 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) is a lawyer who is happy and excited to have finally found Mr. Right in the form of businessman Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

He’s handsome, independent and unfortunately for Carly, already married to Kate (Leslie Mann).

When Kate and Carly accidentally meet and realize what is going on, they form an unlikely friendship based on hating Mark. When it is discovered that Mark is cheating on both of them with the unfathomable voluptuous Amber (Kate Upton), the three of them decide to plot a revenge against the unsuspecting Mark.

We say, “The Other Woman exemplifies the crazy buddy caper movie, but with women.”

HOWE: I am surprised that film companies don’t attempt to make more female cast buddy movies like this. There is certainly a niche for them. For example, look how well Bridesmaids did a few years back. There are a few gags in this that did make me laugh a couple of times and most of them are from Mann’s character Kate. She had some really good lines dotted throughout the movie, but I found the longer it went on, the more annoying her high-pitch whining became.

TAYLOR: She was sort of distraught, hurt, needy and weak. She spent a lot of time crying, but then got angry and “the fun” began. By fun you can expect the sort of tricks a person might perpetrate on a vain, manly, unsuspecting victim. To tell you about them would eliminate some punchlines and in a movie that’s not particularly funny, such a statement would make your attendance at the film moot.

HOWE: Don’t expect anything new from this film. We have seen it before from the stellar cast of Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton in The First Wives Club, and I found that slightly better. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good movie and the chemistry between the three leading ladies is right on cue. It’s just that I expected a little more from them.

TAYLOR: The film wasn’t bad. It made me chuckle to myself quietly a couple times, but it’s not the type of thing that’s worth getting excited over. However, if you want to see something completely unique, I strongly recommend going to Battle at Beaver Creek, which was made in the area and screens only once at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Towne Theatre. (Editor’s note: Brian Taylor is the writer/director of Battle at Beaver Creek.)

– Howe gives The Other Woman 2.5 handbags out of 5.

— Taylor gives it 2.5 minutes of jogging on the beach out of 5.

The Other Woman is currently showing at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are movie reviewers based in Vernon, B.C. Their column, Reel Reviews, runs in The Morning Star Fridays and Sundays.