“The Other Woman” Finds Revenge
By Skip Sheffield
“The Other Woman” is a chick flick comedy with balls. I mean that in a positive way.
The male sex takes quite a bashing in this anti-romantic comedy, written by Melissa Stack and directed by Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes previously showed his in-touch feminine side in “The Notebook” in 2004.
“The Other Woman” is a raunchy sex comedy, but not as raunchy as “The Bridesmaids.” There are less gross bodily humor jokes and more pointed satire about male ego and vanity.
Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldu) is so vain and egotistical he thinks he is God’s gift to women. He is married to the perfectly adorable Kate (Leslie Mann) but he is cheating on her with high-powered executive hottie Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz).
Mark has lied about his marital state, but Carly is no fool. Well, maybe she is a bit foolish when she looks up Mark’s address and pays a surprise visit to his house.
Ever since she rocketed to stardom with “There’s Something About Mary” in 1998, Diaz has proved she is a beautiful actress who is not afraid of getting roughed up and dirtied in the cause of comedy. Diaz dresses up as a sexy plumber, then tries to cover, but Kate is no fool.
Leslie Mann previously proved her sex comedy chops in “Knocked Up” and “40-Year-Old Virgin.” Her fragile, delicate beauty contrasts with Diaz’s more earthy appeal. When the ladies inevitably meet and compare notes (smart Kate found Carly’s number in her husband’s phone), they commiserate. When they discover Mark has been cheating on both of them with an incredibly hot younger woman named Amber (Kate Upton), they conspire to get even.
Florida-raised Kate Upton has been called with good reason the “Hottest Super Model on Earth.” The 21-year-old, five-foot-10 beauty and her stunning body have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue the past two years in a row.
The eye-candy angle will keep guys happy while the revenge fantasy is satisfying for both sexes.