The Other Woman Settles for Cheap Laughs
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann star in Nick Cassavetes revenge film
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2014 11:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) The Other Woman tells the story of three women—Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton—joining forces to take down a cheating lowlife of a lover. Critical reactions run the gamut from lukewarm to violently negative:

  • At RogerEbert.com, Christy Lemire calls the film funny "in sporadic spurts." It even "raises some thoughtful questions about independence, identity and the importance of sisterhood." But "ultimately it would rather poop on them and then throw them through a window in hopes of the getting the big laugh."

  • Ann Hornaday calls the movie a "misbegotten pseudo-feminist revenge comedy" which, "despite presenting itself as a celebration of women’s solidarity, doesn’t seem to like women very much," she writes in the Washington Post. It "seems to have been cobbled together from any number of other, not necessarily better, movies, resulting in a tonal mish-mash of scatology, physically contorting pratfalls, and, only occasionally, genuinely observant behavioral comedy."
  • In Vanity Fair, Richard Lawson sees "something likable about Diaz and Mann’s snappy chemistry." He adds that "though all of its finishings are glossy and luxe, The Other Woman is firmly lowbrow, complete with an abundance of poop jokes." Still, "as daffy springtime diversions go, you could do a lot worse."
  • In the New York Times, however, Stephen Holden doesn't hold back. The movie is "so dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled, and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue," he writes.

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JackNelsonSteward
Apr 26, 2014 11:17 AM CDT
A Hollywood "chick flick" settles for cheap laughs???!!!! STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!
tpvero
Apr 25, 2014 12:02 PM CDT
I'm with the Times. I'm sick to death of low brow poop joke films or poop dialog in general. If the company goes there, they don't have much to offer in creativity or fun. I do not want to watch a bunch of pushing 40, twelve year old imbeciles.