Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Other Woman: Saturday, April 26 2014

The Other Woman is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long, long time. It is deceptively simple, but isn't pretending to be anything other than what it is: entertainment.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the film is written by Melissa Stack. She does a wonderful job of portraying the cheating husband. Mark King is totally recognizable as the narcissistic male: handsome; utterly charming; manipulative; plausible liar; amoral. The part is well-played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldua.

It is fun watching the three women actors playing off each other. Cameron Diaz plays Carly Whitten, the other woman, Leslie Mann plays Kate King, the wife, Kate Upton plays the other, gorgeous, other woman.

The Other Woman reminds of The First Wives Club. The Other Woman could be seen as an updated version. It is interesting to see how the focus on this film is different in that there is only one husband instead of the three in The First Wives Club. A little less complex, but light-hearted fun.

Many women will find this film cathartic as we see the cheating husband receive his comeuppance on many levels: his face; his job; his marriage.

Men will enjoy the beauty of the women actors, especially Kate Upton. Seeing her run along the beach may make the film worth it for many men. On the other hand, not many men will enjoy the story of the cheating husband meeting his nemesis in the form of three women, reminding us of the three Fates of Ancient Greek mythology.

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