By Aalia Khan
The initial reaction when finding out your husband or boyfriend is having an affair, or has a mistress is of anger, hatred and a pang off jealousy towards the other woman. However this film sees this scenario take a different approach when three ladies befriend one another upon finding out they all have the same partner and he is cheating on all three of them.
This girly comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, shows the unique forming of friendship between the ladies to seek revenge against handsome Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.)
New York Lawyer Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) is a cool, laid back successful girl who is not one to fall into meaningful relationships, but when she meets Mark she believes everything is different this time, that is until she discovers he has a wife; Kate (Leslie Mann). Kate who is a little on the ditzy side, does not react as a normal wife would when her husband’s mistress turns up to their door looking for him. Instead she follows Carly back to her office and home in the hope of gaining more answers, and the unlikely friendship begins. At first Carly is hesitant on allowing this woman into her life and wants nothing to do with her or her husband but upon seeing this woman’s desperation she gives her a chance. Their adventure sees them following Mark to a beach where they discover he has yet another girlfriend Amber (Kate Upton). They meet her discretely, without Mark’s knowledge, and reveal the truth about him to her.
The three women bond instantly on their common betrayal and devise a plan to seek revenge from the cheat. The comedy then begins when they spike Mark’s smoothies with estrogen, giving him a womanly chest and contaminate his shampoo with their hair removal cream. Their pranks lead them to discovering that he has been embezzling from various companies at his workplace and using Kate’s name to do so.
Along the way Carly becomes romantically involved with Kate’s brother Phil and Kate comes to the realisation of her shattering marriage. Together the girls help and support one another, embarking on a trip to the Bahamas, and discovering Mark’s fourth girlfriend. They eventually expose Mark for his cheating and fraudulent ways and make him bankrupt. As a happy ending is essential, Kate becomes a CEO with Mark’s former business partners and the company, making a profit under her leadership, Carly and Phil get married and Amber gets married to Carly’s young at heart father.
The acting of all the ladies was brilliant, especially Cameron Diaz who is always on top form with her comedy. Leslie Mann played the ditzy housewife well and Kate Upton looked very much like the young blonde bimbo. The chemistry and friendship that formed between the ladies was refreshing to see and their exposure of Mark showed great women power. Nicki Minaj’s small role as Cameron Diaz’s assistant Lydia was also very funny, and for her first feature film, she did rather well.
The Other Woman was a cute romantic comedy which every girl would thoroughly enjoy and even men would see the humour in a cheat being exposed and secretly tormented. I think it is a must watch and I would give it *****/***** as it was an unexpectedly brilliant Hollywood film, which I have not seen in a long time.