Movie review – The Other Woman: The sex bomb after 40

2014-05-04 15:00

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Film: The Other Woman

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Featuring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton

Cameron Diaz still has the sex-bomb factor and this film proves it.

Even so, the Hollywood types who believe women over 40 should be hidden from sight hedged their bets by including bouncy 20-something supermodel Kate Upton for good measure.

Diaz is the other woman of the title, though she doesn’t know it. Leslie Mann, almost always the wife in comedies, reprises that role as the cheated-upon wife who doesn’t smell a rat until Diaz turns up at her door dressed like a strip-o-gram. So begins a rather ridiculous, often fun, romp to revenge.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is Mark King, the most despicable philanderer to hit the big screen since the husbands in The First Wives Club. Remember what happened to them? Well, this guy gets similar treatment.

There really isn’t much originality in this flick, but Diaz is a good comedian, as is Mann, and the pair carry the film from pedestrian to entertaining.

Nicki Minaj makes her big screen debut as Diaz’s personal assistant and Don Johnson is charmingly sleazy as Diaz’s gone-to-seed playboy dad.

Upton is shoehorned in as eye candy and there’s a shamelessly gratuitous scene of her running down a beach in a white bikini.

It’s been 16 years since Diaz was the object of every man’s affection in There’s Something About Mary, but the years have been kind to the statuesque blonde.

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