Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton
Director: John Cassavetes
Running Time: 109 mins
The Other Woman is an American film about a woman who discovers the man she has been dating has a wife, and becomes unlikely friends with the wife. In the process of trying to get revenge by destroying his life, the two find he has a third mistress, and once the three join forces, they make a plan to totally ruin the triple-crossing man’s life.
This film, while it had an interesting premise and definitely a great degree of potential with its all-star cast, really fell flat on its face. It was initially entertaining, with a good farcical story, not too predictable and jam-packed with jokes, although they weren’t all that funny, however it ended up with a tediously convoluted storyline, a lack of any good jokes and a heap of poor performances.
That was one of the main problems with this film, the shocking performances amongst the all-star cast. With the exception of Leslie Mann, who was a lot of fun, and seemed to play her role with a lot of joy, Cameron Diaz and a whole host of others were really boring, and seemed to be just putting in the rut of a typical rom-com performance, which ruined the film somewhat.
Away from the performances, the poor story caused a lot of problems. While, again, it was a good deal of fun initially, it became incredibly convoluted towards the end, what with all of the different relationships flying around and a very forced mix of typical rom-com plot lines and a weird Mission: Impossible-type concept as well, ultimately turning the film into an overly confusing affair.
However, the biggest problem, by a mile, was the serious lack of funny jokes. I never really expect particularly hilarious gags to pop up all the way through, but this probably only made me chuckle at best two or three times. The worst thing about this was that there was a whole stream of jokes, it wasn’t as if it was too focussed on the story for some comedy, but it was all of such a poor quality that I never really laughed, so that’s why it gets a 4.7 from me.