Review: ‘The Other Woman’ has all the cliched romcom traits and little else

Trailers for “The Other Woman” have been playing before any funny or romantic movie for the past few months. From the trailers, the movie looks like a classic and cheesy romantic comedy chalk full of one-liners and physical comedy. The trailers tell the whole truth.

The movie opens with the classic bird’s-eye view of Central Park (of course, every romcom takes place in New York) and cuts to a man and a woman passionately making out in a doorway. The next few minutes show Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) and Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) sharing ice cream cones, feeding birds, and taking carriage rides in Central Park in a slow-motion, soft-light romantic montage set to a slow smooth-jazz song.

After a few weeks of dating, Carly finds out that her boyfriend is married to Kate (Leslie Mann). After meeting a few times, the two women eventually become friends. They both become suspicious that Mark has been cheating on both of them. Then, they find out that Mark is actually dating another woman, super hot Amber (Kate Upton).

The three women embark on a quest to get revenge on Mark. The trio follows him to Jamaica on his business trip and find out that he has been stealing from his business partners, and that he has a new mistress every business trip he goes on. They get him fired and all break up with him.

There are plenty of hilarious one-liners that end with the audience laughing their butts off, but also there are a lot of stupid and pushed jokes. Much of the dialogue consists of these stupid little jokes that do not actually move the plot along. As well as many of these lines, much of the acting is pushed to be funny and ludicrous to the point where it’s just uncomfortable.

One actress in particular stands out when it comes to over the top and forced acting. Nicki Minaj plays Carly’s sassy assistant who doesn’t seem to have a point in the story at all. Minaj’s portrayal of her is all right, but much of it is just too over the top and fake. For her very first movie, she is acceptable, but maybe she should just stick to rapping.

The rest of the cast is pretty good. Since this is a romantic comedy, some dramatic and over the top acting should be expected, but not to the point where the characters aren’t real people. Leslie Mann stands out from the rest of the women as her character battles her love for her husband and the realization that he is a liar. She portrays this inner conflict well, and she is really the best part of the movie.

Most of the characters were well-written, but it seemed like Amber is only there to be stupid. She does not add much to the story, and is basically there to be a sex object to Mark. Her beautiful blonde hair and perfect body make her into the classic dumb blonde we have all seen a million times before in a million different movies. Script writers should step away from dumb blondes because they are just not funny anymore.

The ending of the movie is too ridiculous to even be funny. Mark crashes into glass, rips his jacket, and ends up making a fool of himself in front of his three ex-lovers after they get him fired for showing his boss that he had been stealing from the company the whole time. And to top it all off, he runs after his car as it is being towed. The physical comedy in this movie is good, and used it throughout the film to get an extra laugh, but the ending is just too much.

In films based on true stories, the film usually ends with a sentence or two telling where the important people went and what they did once the story ends. Well, the script writers thought it was fantastic idea to do that in this movie. The epilogue shows the characters a year or two after the story ends, and shares things, like “Carly married Kate’s brother” (who she has been flirting with throughout the movie) “and they are now expecting their first child” written on the screen.

All together, this movie has its moments but overall is pretty dumb. There seems to be no point to the movie other than getting the cheater back and moving on.

Our Grade: D

Rated: PG-13

Length: 109 minutes

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau