Critics' Corner: The Other Woman

I have always been a fan of Leslie Mann, ever since her turn as Matthew Broderickâ??s love interest in 1996â??s "The Cable Guy". She is inherently cute and charming. Sheâ??s the kind of actress that no matter what she is doing, you canâ??t help but love her. While her characters from movie to movie donâ??t tend to vary all that much, she is still absolutely perfect in "The Other Woman".

Mann plays Kate King, the wife of a multi-million dollar business start-up expert. Her husband is always travelling and if you paid to see the movie or in the least read the title of the movie, you most certainly know what is going to happen. Insert Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), who thinks sheâ??s met the man of her dreams and Amber (supermodel Kate Upton), who joins the shenanigans as well.

The thing about "The Other Woman" is that if you know anything about the movie and/or have seen the trailer, you pretty much know everything there is to know about it, except for how it ends. That is probably the biggest downfall of the movie. The movie isnâ??t all that complicated once the relationships are all exposed. Also, there are a few too many montage and music video moments that would have been better served with just natural sound, especially an emotional and important scene near the end.

On the good side, "The Other Woman" may have its problems with simplicity, but it goes miles upon miles upon the charm of its stars. Mann, Diaz and Upton are electric together. The scenes that they spend together bantering are extremely realistic and natural. There wasnâ??t a single moment watching them that I pondered upon the fact that they were just acting; even Upton, whoâ??s only played bit parts in two other movies. They were like sisters and it came across.

Personality goes a long way with me in movies because it is those things that we connect with and relate to as an audience. While this may primarily be a movie that takes man bashing to a new extreme, anybody who has been in a fidelity situation will relate. Leslie Mann makes this movie worth viewing in her own right. If you donâ??t ride along with her emotional roller coaster and fall in love with her, you donâ??t have a pulse.