Mark King Must Pay
When Carly's (Cameron Diaz - Bad Teacher) boyfriend, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), suddenly backs out on meeting her dad, with the excuse that his place has flooded and he has to deal with it, she decides to surprise him by showing up at his place dressed as a sexy plumber. But it is Carly who gets a surprise when Mark's wife, Kate (Leslie Mann - This Is 40), opens the door. Already angered by this revelation things take a surprising turn when not only do Carly and Kate become friends but they discover Mark has been cheating on them both with the younger Amber (Kate Upton) who also ends up becoming friends with them. But now together they set about making Mark pay with various evil plans from hair remover in his shampoo to hormone supplements in his smoothies.
"This is what it's come to", that is not just a line which Carly says in "The Other Woman" but it is also what I felt when again I found myself questioning what passes for humour these days. But I guess it is mostly just me who feels this way because whilst I am not alone in finding "The Other Woman" and other recent comedies less than funny I seem to be in the minority. The daft thing is that for those who like movies will likely know that "The Other Woman" shares a similar idea to "John Tucker Must Die" and that movie was funny enough that watching a more grown up version was a little appealing.
Now in fairness there is more to "The Other Woman" than just the comedy but from Kate's over the top breakdown at Carly's office to a dog taking a poop on the floor of her apartment, yes we get to see it, the jokes are a mix of really stupid and really weak. In fact I think the only time I laughed was when Kate's big dog smacked Carly in the face jumping in to her car as she thinks it might have been the dog's balls. Yes it is a stupid gag but it almost feels like a spur of the moment reaction to something which might have happened. And sadly "The Other Woman" is so reliant on the humour that the characters and story are not enough to make this entertaining when the humour fails.
What this all boils down to is that unfortunately "The Other Woman" feels like another nail in the coffin when it comes to comedy. Maybe it is just me getting older because there are definitely those who enjoyed this a lot more than I did.