Other Woman, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton. Comedy. Written by Melissa Stack. Directed by Nick Cassavetes.

FILM SYNOPSIS: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing hubby.

PREVIEW REVIEW: While I can sympathize with these ladies being wronged by a jerk, I’m always uncomfortable with revenge movies. (It’s that whole love your enemies thing.) That said, it’s hard to take anything too seriously in this movie. Certainly, no one on screen does. No hair gel for Ms. Diaz in this one, but the film has no shortage of crude and lowbrow humor. (Example: unaware he’s taking a laxative, the antagonist has a terrible time with diarrhea – and we get to experience it right along with him. Didn’t we already have to endure the runs in the name of comedy during Bridesmaids and Death at a Funeral – both versions?)

The rest of the so-called comedy isn’t so much ribald as it is rancid. After making sure the cheating man consumes hormone pills and hair-loss products, which causes him mental anguish, they then do whatever they can to mess with his financial security. It’s all played for laughs, but these ladies are annoying, mean-spirited and devious, making them little better than their cheating man.

Sometimes clichéd, often laborious, due to slow and miscalculated pacing, the plot is predictable and overly familiar, and the language is coarse and profane, proving once again that to Hollywood, a new idea is an old idea with more expletives.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around 40 uses of the s-word, as well as some other offensive language.

Profanity: Three misuses of Jesus name and the expression “Oh my God” is used nearly as much as on an old episode of Friends.

Violence: The fiend runs into a glass wall, breaking his nose; he also gets punched.

Sex: A couple of sexual situations, staying within the PG-13 standard; a couple of crude sexual conversations.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Abusive drinking on several occasions.

Other: We actually get to see a dog poop in the house.

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Wronged women.

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