In “The Other Woman,” Carly (Cameron Diaz) and Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) have an indescribable connection – a spark. From their first date, they’re completely hooked on one another. However, when Mark has to “take care of a busted pipe” and Carly comes to surprise him, who answers the door? Mark’s wife, Kate.
The next day, Kate visits Carly at work to calmly and maturely confront her about the situation. Instead of a calm confrontation, Kate freaks out, crying hysterically. To avoid embarrassment, Carly takes Kate to a bar and eventually back to her apartment where they get drunk and bond over the reality that the man they love has played both of them.
When the two get past all the awkwardness that comes with finding out the man they love is sleeping with someone else, they devise a plan to find out what other dirty secrets Mark has been hiding.
When Mark goes away on “a golf trip,” Carly and Kate follow and find him with a hot 22-year-old named Amber (Kate Upton). Carly and Kate accidentally run into Amber on the beach, where they explain their situation. She then helps them plot to take Mark down.
Unbeknownst to Mark, the three follow him around in hopes to dig up enough dirt and make sure that he never plays another woman again. They dig around just enough to find that Mark has been stealing from several companies and that he plans to pin the blame on Kate.
This film is the perfect chick flick because it combines aspects of “John Tucker Must Die,” “Legally Blonde” and “9 to 5.”
“John Tucker Must Die” is the pioneer of revenge movies (at least for our generation). “The Other Woman” follows in its footsteps as the three women bond over their hatred of the man who cheated on them. The film has the witty and girly banter of “Legally Blonde,” and it has the basic plot of “9 to 5.”
I think almost every girl can relate to some portion of this movie, whether it be Kate and Carly bonding over tequila and playing dress-up, falling for your best friend’s hunky brother or having the unavoidable urge to get back at your ex.
Although a lot of the movie hit home for me, some parts were not so great. There were far too many montages, and too many of them were in slow motion. An occasional makeover or shopping montage is always great, but I don’t need to see several of them in one sitting, unless it’s a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie.
Movies like this tend to get cheesy and sometimes a little strange. I was expecting some awkward sex scenes and other unnecessary weirdness to help develop the characters. In that sense the movie let me down, but this time for the better.
The director let the actors play off each other and let the characters do the comedy for him. Everything felt natural, not forced.
The three leading ladies had chemistry that made me want to be their best friend. Given that Cameron Diaz is old enough to be Kate Upton’s mother, they worked well together. Carly, Kate and Amber each brought something to the table and made the audience want more.
This film has just enough comedy and just enough romance to make the perfect chick flick and teaches women a pessimistic but important lesson: when you think you find that special spark, look twice. You never know what he may be hiding.
Story by Madison Wepfer, Staff writer