Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Upton in The Other Woman. (20th Century Fox)Cameron Diaz
, Leslie Mann
, and Kate Upton
team up to take down a three-timing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
in The Other Woman
, the fem-powered revenge comedy that opens wide this weekend. While it's not exactly the kind of movie we'd expect critics to fawn over, it's worth noting that the bad reviews are not all coming from men decrying it for its over-the-top chick-flick-iness.Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post
calls it "a misbegotten pseudo-feminist revenge comedy," before bemoaning some unoriginal gags.
In what seems to be a feature-length limbo contest for cheap laughs, it’s difficult to decide where “The Other Woman” goes lowest: the shot of a Great Dane relieving itself on a pristine apartment floor or, later, a needlessly protracted sequence of Coster-Waldau relieving himself — over and over and over again — in a restaurant bathroom stall.
Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com
chalks up the film's funniest bits to Diaz and Mann, and lays the blame for its failings on director Nick Cassevetes. She ends her review with this zinger.
While "The Other Woman" raises some thoughtful questions about independence, identity and the importance of sisterhood, ultimately it would rather poop on them and then throw them through a window in hopes of the getting the big laugh.
Katherine Monk of canada.com
calls The Other Woman
a "mangled mess," but (like many of the other critics) loved Diaz.
Yet, for all the unforgivable flaws in this sprawling, overly long and poorly edited chick flick, there’s something about Cameron Diaz that makes it watchable.
Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post
gave it a brutal half-star out of four, wondering why 20th Century Fox bothered fighting for a PG-13 rating (it originally got an R).
Why on earth would any young woman or teen want to see this mess? Those moviegoers have chosen Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior as their matinee idols.
Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice
hates that the movie "doesn't give these actresses much to do except look ridiculous," but praises the idea behind it as "perversely progressive."
When a straight married man strays in real life, the first person his scorned wife usually blames is the vixen who led him to the whoring bed. The underlying assumption, sexist at heart, is that women are the schemers, men the innocent naïfs. The Other Woman, written by Melissa Stack, doesn't immediately buy into that baloney.
The movie draws a lot
of comparisons to movies like The First Wives Club
. Betsy Sharkey of The Los Angeles Times
notes that the script wants to be "a revenge fantasy for any female with unresolved issues over a duplicitous relationship," but misses its mark.
Actually, it's closer to a dozen revenge fantasies, going back to earlier wish-fulfillers such as "The First Wives Club," "Thelma and Louise" and "Nine to Five." Like Mark [Coster-Waldau], the filmmakers can't commit to any one revenge scenario, so they try doing it all, which, ironically, is the very thing that leads to Mark's downfall.
Nell Minnow of beliefnet.com
hits on the underlying problem with The Other Woman
This is a movie about sisterhood and female empowerment that makes fun of Kate Upton’s character for being a dumb blonde and makes fun of Cameron Diaz for wishing she had Kate Upton’s figure. This is a comedy that lets us know we are back in New York City by playing Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York” and lets us know the women are having fun with their revenge plan by playing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The few witty lines and funny situations are lost in a headache-inducing cacophony, emphasis on the first two syllables.
Despite all the hate, Jeanne Kaplan of KaplanVsKaplan.com
had fun with the movie, summarizing in one sentence the basic appeal that probably got the movie green-lit in the first place.
Any film about a wife and two mistresses going after a serial cheating husband sounds good to me!