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Movie review: The Other Woman

This film proves that the best cure to a broken heart is revenge.

April 26, 2014 | 12:50 p.m. CST

The Other Woman shows women that when a guy plays you, it’s not the game you should hate. It’s the player.

Carly (Cameron Diaz) is a lawyer in New York City. She is a blonde bombshell who typically sees multiple guys at once simply because she never actually ties herself down. Until she meets Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

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Their eight-week relationship was as flawless as the kind of guy Mark seemed to be. He was just about as perfect as his lies, until Carly tries to surprise him and is instead surprised by something else — his wife, Kate (Leslie Mann).

Following their first encounter, both women realize what’s going on. Kate begins to investigate her situation by practically stalking Carly until she spills about her relationship with Mark. Kate is clearly broken up over what her husband has done and has no one but Carly to talk to, though Carly would rather just move on.

Upon finding a third woman in the picture, Carly regains interest in the situation. The two team up to take Mark down, and eventually bring the third (Kate Upton) into it, too. In what could be John Tucker Must Die Part II, they use hilariously genius antics to make his life miserable and get the revenge they all deserve.

The trio seems to get along incredibly well despite their unconventional way of meeting, but that’s what makes the movie work. The three women couldn’t have been better casted; their great chemistry made the movie almost feel real.

Perhaps the best part of The Other Woman was the way that Kate approached her situation. Rather than letting Mark get away with what he did, she wanted to make him feel the pain she had to experience.

The movie had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and great characters that made it fun to watch. Although the ending was predictable, there were some unexpected moments that were pretty over-the-top.

The Other Woman isn’t the kind of movie that’s going to win awards. But it’s incredibly relatable for any woman (or man, for that matter) that has ever dealt with a lying, cheating jerk. Above all, it proves that sometimes one cheating man can result in three lasting friendships.

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