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The Other Woman: Basically a John Tucker Re-do

posted Apr 30, 2014, 6:22 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 1, 2014, 8:20 AM by Unknown user ]
Jess Cunningham

The Other Woman is the new rom-com that just hit theaters, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton. The movie centers around three women who realize they’re inadvertently sharing the same scumbag guy and seek revenge.  

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At first sight, the movie looks like a grown-up’s John Tucker Must Die, a movie with the same plotline released a few years ago, but featuring teenagers. The movies are similar with the crazy spy-like antics the women commit, the pranks they pull—like slipping estrogen hormones in the cheater’s drink, and the ultimate theme that sisters are better than misters. The Other Woman was in most ways different than John Tucker though, unlike I expected.  


On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 6.5. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t close to superb by any means. The first reason it was so-so was because the acting was pretty unfortunate. There were many scenes that were nonsensical and overdramatic, leaving me bored. Second, there were moments when it was just plain uninteresting and I found myself looking around the theater, not paying attention. Third, it wasn’t worth paying the large movie theater ticket to see it by any means.


There were good parts too, of course. First, the movie had a strong sense, as mentioned earlier, of girl power. The women got their revenge and realized that they made new friends out of the weird circumstance and didn’t need some jerk guy to make them happy. Second, there were quite a few funny moments that got the whole theater chuckling. Third, there was a pivotal scene I really enjoyed where all three women were sitting on the beach together after Kate (Mann) threw her wedding ring into the ocean. It’s a powerful moment of growth for the characters and had both my friend and I tearing up.


The movie was the kind you would put on late at night at a sleepover with your girls, when you knew you’d most likely fall asleep. It had cute moments—and even more cute clothes shown—but was like most rom-coms, cheesy and cliché.


My advice? Wait till it comes out on DVD and snag it from Redbox.     


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