The teen and I hit the theaters this week to attend a screening of The Other Woman. After seeing the trailers and sharing some laughs we knew it looked like a movie we could break away from reality and enjoy.
After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.
Before seeing the movie The Other Woman I heard the comedy was compared to that of Bridesmaids. While devious stunts are pulled throughout the movie which leave you laughing there is one huge main difference between the two movies. In The Other Woman the women are coming together to empower one another instead of beat the other down. The whole plot is not about competing for the man they all believed they would share a future with, it is about finding happiness among the chaos – and getting revenge. The unlikely friendships develop and strengthen throughout the film. It signifies women truly caring about other women. Instead of their roles being portrayed as a knowing mistress or husband stealing snake, they each share the same feelings of betrayal and shame.
The movie is what I consider a ridiculously funny comedy – meaning it is ridiculous yet hilarious. It is a good movie for a girls night out or lounging on the couch after a long day when you need a good laugh that pulls you away from reality. What makes it so ridiculous is most of the scenes are pretty far fetched. The odds of a wife getting her hands on prescription hormones to put in her husband’s morning smoothies or him even surviving the dosage she gave him are pretty slim. Similar to a man throwing his mattress out of a penthouse suite window in Las Vegas during The Hangover.
When Mann‘s character, Kate, befriends the ‘other woman‘, Carly, played by Diaz she ends up with a new best friend that just happens to be a lawyer by profession. After battling between the decision to forgive or forget her husband, Kate finds her way to healing. Beyond the tricks played on the husband – Mark, character of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the real revenge is bittersweet when an opportunity presents itself to Carly with a legal way she can help her new friend, Kate.
My teen found the movie even funnier than I did. She was dying laughing in the theater. I would watch the movie again and recommend it to my girlfriends.
Photos Credited to Barry Wetcher.