The Other Woman is one of those comedies that doesn’t really fall into a particular category. It’s not a romantic comedy, it’s not a gross out comedy, it’s not a college or work based comedy. I guess you would call it situational comedy. It is definitely one of those movies that made me groan when I saw the trailer but a few groaners have been surprising me in the past couple years. Films like The Watch and The Internship and especially Delivery Man (weird that they are all Vince Vaughn movies) have ended up being much better and funnier movies than their trailers led me to believe. But is the same true for The Other Woman?
Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) has just found out the man she has been dating, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, but when she accidentally meets and reluctantly befriends his wife Kate (Leslie Mann), the two women find out there is much more deception happening with Mark and vow to get mutual revenge on him once and for all.
The Other Woman is an odd comedy in that the vast majority of the laughs come from Leslie Mann’s excellent performance. There is much heartbreak and emotion to her character Kate and she plays the balance of that paired with her flair for comedy very well. Everyone else in the movie is there to propel the story along with Diaz playing the straight woman to Mann and Kate Upton not really doing much of anything besides walking around in a bikini. And they really make you hate Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s character Mark, not in a funny comedy ‘what an idiot’ way but in a real life horrible person way. Even when his physical comedy is taking place you really get the sense he is a disturbed and deceitful guy, probably sociopathic. It seems strangely out of place in what is supposed to be a funny movie. But if for no other reason, The Other Woman is worth seeing for Mann and her comedy genius. She is greatly undervalued in comedy films which is evident here by her carrying the whole movie by herself.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is exactly what you expect from a big budget Hollywood flick, great clarity, natural color palate, amazing detail and a solid audio presentation. Nothing to knock your socks off in terms of visuals but a solid all around transfer.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.