New from the desk of The Movie Snob.
The Other Woman (C-). Well, the critical consensus is right; this revenge comedy starring Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels) and Leslie Mann (This Is 40) isn’t very good. Diaz plays Carly, a successful lawyer who, as the movie begins, is just starting a love affair with a handsome wheeler-dealer named Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Oblivion, TV’s Game of Thrones). It doesn’t take too long for Carly to discover that Mark is married to Kate (Mann), and in an unlikely turn of events Carly and Kate become friends. In another unlikely turn of events, the new besties discover that Mark has yet another mistress, a 21-year-old who could be a swimsuit model (Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue). The movie is not overly funny, and I started looking at my watch about 20 minutes before it ended. But it is almost worth watching for Leslie Mann’s performance, which gets most of the laughs in the movie. Her Kate is not too bright, but she’s not entirely stupid either; she’s impulsive and needy and candid to a fault, but somehow also sweet and likeable. I hope more movies take advantage of Ms. Mann’s talents in the future.