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‘The Other Woman’ feels too cliché

Cheyenne Makinia , Photography Editor, Commentary
May 6, 2014
Filed under 4Play

With an all-star cast, “The Other Woman” should have been oozing with laughs and romance, but fell short with its clichés and lack of jokes.

When lawyer Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz, “There’s Something About Mary,” 1998) clears her roster for Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones,” 2011-14), things start getting serious between the two.

After a plumbing issue at his house, Carly plans to surprise Mark in a short plumber’s outfit, but she’s the one that’s surprised when his stay-at-home wife Kate King (Leslie Mann, “Knocked Up,” 2007) answers the door.

Carly wants nothing more to do with either of the Kings, but Kate is persistent, annoying and looking for answers.

As the opposites attract cliché goes, Carly and Kate strike up an odd and unbelievable friendship between the wife and the mistress.

One mistress wasn’t enough for Mark, though. Carly and Kate stalk him to the Hamptons and discover he is also sleeping with Amber (Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated model).

The three form an even stranger friendship and plot their revenge on the cheating husband.

“The Other Woman” had potential with its cast and the plot, but the writing was not up to par and the jokes were far and few in between. The clichés and stereotypes were too much and showed no originality.

Carly, Kate and Amber were shown as the ditzy, annoying, jealous, revenge-seeking stereotypical women.

The only thing Amber had going for her was her looks, which they played on with a Baywatch-like run down the beach.

Carly was the coldhearted, independent woman who’s characteristic for the stereotypical male player.

Adding on to the stereotypes was what was supposed to be funny, but ended up being the most annoying part of the movie — the character Kate. She was like the mosquito that won’t stop buzzing in your ear, and you can’t seem to get rid of it.

She had no idea how to be without her husband and didn’t know how to act like an adult. Then, she suddenly became a completely different woman.

The women become the best of friends and do things to get back at the guy who cheated on them. It’s been done a thousand times, and it wasn’t even done well in this movie.

The film became another victim to the growing trend where everything good is in the trailer. The less than three minute trailer shows all of the funny parts that are covered in the nearly two-hour movie.

When it comes to “The Other Woman,” it’s not a must-see or must-buy. The only exception would be if there’s nothing else at Redbox and you’ve watched everything in your Netflix queue.

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