‘Other Woman’ doesn’t swing for fences, but it’s a hit

When her husband cheats on her, kate (Leslie Mann, left) teams up with the other women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) to make him suffer in "The Other Woman." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)

When her husband cheats on her, kate (Leslie Mann, left) teams up with the other women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) to make him suffer in “The Other Woman.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

I’m a sucker for a B movie that really earns its B rating.

There’s nothing new about “The Other Woman.” A pathological cheater, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), gets caught, and his wife and mistresses team up for a little payback.

From the start of the movie, it’s easy tell where it’s going. It’s the how that turns the “The Other Woman” into an enjoyable time at the theater.

Leslie Mann plays Mark’s wife, Kate. She sacrificed her career to support his, and she’s not sure what to do when she learns of his infidelity.

Rather than confront him, she confronts Carly (Cameron Diaz), a no-nonsense attorney who was beginning to think Mark was the one for her.

Carly would rather forget the whole affair and move on with her life, but Kate keeps showing up at her door with puppy dog eyes. Their unlikely friendship grows in a natural and laugh-out-loud way.

The action cranks up when Amber (Kate Upton), the second mistress, joins the team. Before long they’re all scheming to make Mark’s life miserable.

I’m tempted to say Mann steals this movie. She’s an experienced comedic actress and she delivers here, but I think the partnership between Kate and Carly is what drives the film. The two actresses play off each other well.

Upton, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney and Nicki Minaj add their own supporting talents. They’re not always funny, but they’re usually amusing.

And Coster-Waldau deserves credit for the way he romances the ladies and deals with the extended fallout.

The filmmakers, including director Nick Cassavetes and writer Melissa Stack, knew they were making a B movie, and they made a pretty good one.

Things in Tupelo turned serious on Monday. If you’re looking for a diversion from real life, “The Other Woman” might be a good, light-hearted choice.

I give “The Other Woman” a well deserved B.

It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.

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