The Other Woman stars Cameron Diaz as attorney Carly Whitten. She meets the love of her life in Mark King -- played by babe magnet perfection by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Great conversation and even better sex follow. Then a broken date by Mark gets Carly knocking on his door.
Her planned surprise turns into a surprise of a much different kind. The Lothario is married. Clueless wife Kate answers the door. She's played by Leslie Mann (Funny People). Carly gets the message. So does Kate. It leads to an unusual friendship. Then the two learn that Mark has also been cheating on them with super model Kate Upton's drop-dead gorgeous Amber.
Revenge becomes the order of the day. It's the proverbial dish best severed cold. Cold is the best adjective to describe a comic premise that never ignites. And it's not for lack of trying. Director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) works overtime on first-time screenwriter Melissa Stack's script. His efforts -- and those of an eager cast -- are in vain.
Mann gives the best performance and bounces between doing a hopeless and equally helpless looney and a woman determined to move forward with her life. The hopeless looney parts are endearing and show off her exceptional talents. Determination isn't her thing or even close to believable.
Diaz serves as the fulcrum for Mann's gyrations. She's pretty good, considering her character is as two-dimensional as they come. Upton -- who really can't act -- has zero dimensions and is basically eye candy charged with filling space.
Cassevete's movie wobbles unsteadily through classic TV sitcom territory. It bounces between slapstick stupid, like stuff Lucille Ball did in the 1960s, or the more sophisticated comedy of Mary Tyler Moore.
Neither style is funny. Worse, The Other Woman is bad. Really bad.
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Director: Nick Cassavetes
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson
Mr. Movie rating: 1 star
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.