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Film Review – The Other Woman

The Other Woman is a movie about a man, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who is having multiple affairs with different women at the same time and somehow his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) finds two of them, Carly (Cameroon Diaz) and Amber (Kate Upton). Forming a strange friendship with these two women, they begin to plot revenge against him. Meanwhile, through their plottng they discover that Mark is embezzling money from various people and putting it all into Kate’s name, incriminating her in the process.  This movie is amazing, honestly. I enjoyed every moment of it. Initially, the only reason I wanted to watch it was because I learnt that one of Americas’ leading female Rap artist, Nicki Minaj, whom I admire, was to star in it. By the way, her acting is not so bad compared to the disastrous Kim Kadarshain in Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counsellor. But the thrill doubled when I saw Cameroon Diaz starring too. She is an amazing actress, always has been. I always look forward to her movies.  The picture quality of the movie is great, there not being any elaborate stunts and action scenes. To me as a young woman, it was simply amazing to watch. I did not notice the time pass. I was mostly touched by scenes where the three women worked together to get back at this cheating man. The script is well-written and I felt, even though it is a comedy, it portrays the different struggles of relationships that women go through and how they back each other up to overcome it.

Leslie Mann always has been one of my favourite actresses to watch, her talent for comedy is amazing. Kate Upton is a little new to me but she is good too. I felt like I could watch this movie for hours and not get tired. It was quite easy to connect to, and many might see it as a movie for women only because it felt like a female empowering movie, but I’m sure men can relate too. Besides enjoying the comedic storyline, they may learn a thing or two about how women get revenge and why they should not dare betray us.
But others critics seem too find the movie not quite as fulfilling as I did. Justin Chang, Chief Film Critic from www.variety.com said “The Other Woman often feels stranded between gross-out comedy, romantic fantasy and distaff psychodrama in a way that compels fascination and impatience alike.” He continuous “The film’s structure and pacing feel haphazard at best, the musical choices clumsily tacked on, the raunchy elements weak and unnecessary (and likely compromised by the film’s downgrading from an R rating to a PG 13).”
From his biased male position, he argues “It feels like a movie productively at war with itself, taking its cues from the temperaments of its two central characters. It’s lurching and volatile one minute, judgemental and calculating the next. And it’s a testament to the actresses involved that we emerge with an appreciably strong sense of who their characters are.”

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