In terms of Hollywood movies I tend to think of three categories when it comes to comedy. There is the action comedy—which is essentially every action film nowadays, after all, it’s not an action film if the hero doesn’t have snappy comebacks. Then you have the romantic comedy…or at least, you used to…I haven’t really seen many in the last few years (and even fewer tolerable ones). And then you have straight comedies, the ones that don’t rely on a central romantic plot or things blowing up. Just a bizarre situation with one humorous thing after another. Frankly Hollywood has never been great at this, but the last decade has been particularly disappointing. More often than not straight comedies now rely on nothing but a slew of low brow, tactless, and crude…well I’ll be polite and call them jokes. The concept of wit is unheard of and anything above a joke about a bodily orifice should not be expected more than every 20 minutes. Given this sad state of affairs I am happy to say that I found The Other Woman remarkably funny.
It’s not the funniest movie ever, but remember we’re grading on a curve here. You could actually take a date to this movie without feeling embarrassed or worried that she is judging you for picking this movie.
Further, while we all know the plot from the trailer (it’s a comedy, it’s not like most comedies hide the plot) It was refreshing to see that not only were most of the jokes not in the trailer, most of the funny jokes were not in the trailer.
Just in case you missed it, plot goes as follows: New York City lawyer Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) has fallen for Mr. Right…until she finds out that he’s married. And when she finds out so does his wife, Kate (Leslie Mann). After bonding they begin to seek vengeance only to find out that there is a third woman, Amber (Kate Upton). The three bond and plot his justly deserved downfall…and luckily with all three women still being charming and endearing to the audience. Laughs of course ensue.
What is refreshing is not only are the jokes a tad higher brow than most of what Hollywood puts out (there are some tacky jokes but they’re not every scene, and I can tolerate that) is that Leslie seems to steal every scene she is in with a character that while a little scatter brained is by contrast not the ditsier Amber.
Again this is not making it onto the list of 100 greatest films of all time. But it was enjoyable.
I give it 4 out of 5 (really 4.1)