The Other Woman Blu-ray Review
The Other Woman is a comedy from director
Cassavetes (The Notebook, My Sister's Keeper) and first
Melissa Stack. Released in April, the film was a huge commercial
success despite mostly mixed and negative reviews. It's one of the
comedies of the entire year and is a film which continues to show the
Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann hold.
The film stars Cameron Diaz as a successful
in New York named Carly Whitten, who is in a relationship with the
savvy (or seemingly so...) Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Yet the
romancing between them is interrupted when she discovers that he is
another woman, Kate King (Leslie Mann).It isn't long before Carly and
begin meeting each other and discussing the affair(s) of Mark, and both
wondering if he isn't maybe seeing anyone else as well. Carly and Kate
discover that he has another mistress, Amber (Kate Upton). Could he
have even more? While dealing with the relationship turmoil all three
and form a genuine friendship that will last throughout their lives.
The three decide that a dose of revenge is a dish
cold and begin messing with Mark in a variety of ways for all of his
infidelities (some examples include: putting hair remover in Mark's
putting his tooth-brush in the toilet, giving him an entire box of
serving up drinks to him with testosterone lowering/estrogen enhancing
All three are successful in finding a number of new ways to make his
pleasant. This is prior to entirely leaving Mark in the dust, of
Things shake up more, however, when it turns out
also just a bad businessman conning those he works with out of millions
is simultaneously stealing successful business ideas from Kate while
leave her as the fall guy. So they step up the game, utilizing the
Carly to plan a last hurrah against the douche, and comedy (mostly!)
just about sums up the bulk of the plot.
The Other Woman reunites director Nick
Cameron Diaz, who had previously collaborated on My Sister's
film is primarily a comedy but there are still some dramatic questions
into the mix. The style of storytelling reminds me of a lot of the
from the 1990's and is more reminiscent of those genre films in terms
of the humor
being entirely broad during the entire picture (much of the humor here
is found in
physical comedy from extraordinaire Leslie Man). The film has a plot
too (amazing, isn't it?) and
isn't just a string of goofy comedic moments, though the humor is
baffling bad in parts and then simply uproarious minutes later.
It's not a film that is full to the brim of humor,
example, Cameron Diaz is not being utilized here for comedy but more as
backbone character to the plot and dramatic undertones. Her performance
but she isn't given much to do with the comedy here so some may find
that a bit underwhelming. In virtually the
film, the script and direction relies upon Leslie Mann for much of the
audience's laughs. The good news is that Mann does a remarkable job
great comedic performance.
Kate Upton barely has a part at all here. The role
remarkably small, so much so that one might wonder how she even
be alongside the other leads with a top billing credit. Nikolaj
Coster-Waldau (the guy having affairs)
has very little to do until the end of the film. The first half of the
show the actor doing much at all other than showing the audience
scenes of him with these women while at the beach, home, or out to
It's only upon reaching the end that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has a
really act and then the casting finally makes some sense as he
busts out some
good comedic moments.
Inexplicably, it's worth noting that musician
Nicki Minaj is
in the film in a part that is rather poorly performed and seems
horribly out of
place. Minaj seems to only be in the film to be a additional celebrity
some 'studio-approved need for more celebrities in this film'. That
sounds pretty harsh, but the acting is seriously poor and so having
the cast certainly feels like a studio mandated detriment (even if it
Nick Cassavetes is a competent director if also
is not particularly someone I would think of as being an auteur
filmmaker. I'm someone who loved The Notebook,
the style of The Other Woman doesn't even remotely resemble it
directing terms, and is more workmanlike and feels like the craft of a
studio director. It's a bit funny to think that this film comes from
the son of
filmmaker John Cassavetes (who has crafted some brilliant independent
many films of which have released through Criterion). Nick Cassavetes
add anything rich in terms of the style. Rather, the film breezily
slides by on standard
Hollywood gloss and doesn't do much beyond that. This certainly is a film that feels generic from a
The only way Nick Cassavetes shows some genuine
through the ability to get quality performances and in brief reprieve
where the film is set to classic jazz music compositions. These moments
ones where a more artful approach seemed to have been attempted with
framing and style but these elements also feel decidedly out of place
rest of the film stylistically.
The screenplay is generally pretty humorous and
also nothing that hasn't been done before to some extent and with
variety of other films. The film has no real surprises and it's one
basically follows a typical pattern one can expect in this kind of
The important thing is that the character writing was pretty good for
lead actors, and
that's where Melissa Stack excels as a writer. Her script also has some
are effectively brought to life by Mann. It's a good effort but this is
slightly above average comedic script.
The cinematography looks well produced, but the
lack of much
in the way of artistic uses of color and setting makes it seem like a
but unremarkable part of the production. It's perhaps what the film
most comedies don't get to have remarkable cinematography and are more
likely to only
something that is effective at presenting a glossy look at reality --
and not what
eschews that reality with more artistic flair as commonly seen in
There are audiences who will view The Other
love it for what it offers. It's certainly a reasonably entertaining
the effort fits a genre and style well that one hardly even sees
It's a bit of a throwback to 90's comedies and isn't as raunchy as many
of the popular
comedies being made today. I'd have
liked the film more if it felt more original and less overproduced.
there are good things in The Other Woman and the film is
the terrific Leslie Mann. For anyone who has an interest in seeing the
worth a rental to check out.
The Other Woman arrives
on Blu-ray with a stellar 1080p High
Definition presentation in 2.40:1. Unlike the vast majority of comedies
these days, this was actually shot on film and there are so many
this aspect it utilized effectively for shots of the beautiful
story takes the characters to. The color, depth, and detail is
and refined and its difficult to imagine fans walking away disappointed.
The audio is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
is crisp and generally solid at emphasizing and focusing on the
occasional music and effects utilized. Like the majority of films in
its genre the
main focus of the track is the dialogue and that is where this lossless
Subtitles are provided in English SDH (for the
deaf and hard
of hearing) and Spanish.
There are a couple of extras on this release but
in-depth is included (like a commentary
or making-of featurette).
This release contains: Deleted/Alternate Scenes
min.) showcasing both scenes cut from the final film and
versions, Gag Reel (4 min.) demonstrates outtakes from the
Fit (5 Min.) is a long take showcase of Leslie Mann and Cameron
Diaz in a
effort to get a good scene take but finding it hard to do without
giggles, Gallery (1 min.), which showcases still photos, and
lastly the original
trailer (2 min.) promoting the film.
A Digital HD (for redemption as Ultraviolet or
and a slipcover (o-card) are also included with this edition.
The Other Woman has its fair share of
laughs and good
moments. I certainly think that it can be the kind of film that many
some enjoyment from and would consider worth watching once. The film is
inconsistent though, barreling through a weak first act and struggling
consistently funny and interesting.
It's a film that is worth watching once and that
perhaps viewers will enjoy watching on cable or the like, but I'm not
sure that this is something most would consider essential. It's a
above average comedy. The real star of the show is Leslie Mann, who
impeccable performance that makes the film worth seeing. While Cameron
also does a solid job, this film is Mann's showcase and it's her
that brings the most laughs.
Having said all of the above, the Blu-ray PQ/AQ is
if one is a fan of the film this release is certainly worthy of a
fans who can't get enough of this comedy film.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.