Movie Monday: April 29, 2014

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Five years ago, today, the #1 movie at the box office was The Other Woman, a comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney and Nicki Minaj. Released April 25, it was directed by Nick Cassavetes (the son of John Cassavetes & Gena Rowlands). Melissa Stack was hired to write a screenplay that was based on the 1996 movie The First Wives Club.

IMDB Summary:

After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly Whitten tries to get her ruined life back on track. But, when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

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From Justin Chang (Variety):

[…] an ungainly, often flat-footed yet weirdly compelling romantic dramedy about two gals who become unlikely best friends when they realize they’re being screwed (literally) by the same man. Like a watered-down “Diabolique” or a younger-skewing “First Wives Club,” this latest mainstream rebound from director Nick Cassavetes taps into the pleasures of sisterly solidarity and righteous revenge. Beneath the wobbly pratfalls and the scatological set pieces, there’s no denying the film’s mean-spirited kick, or its more-than-passing interest in what makes its women tick.

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From Todd McCarthy (The Hollywood Reporter):

A female solidarity adultery comedy that’s three parts embarrassing farce to one part genuinely comic discharge.

From Christy Lemire (Roger Ebert):

Trouble is, Cassavetes, working from a script by Melissa K. Stack, veers wildly between cautionary tale, revenge comedy, scatological raunchfest and female empowerment drama. In theory, the joy of watching this kind of movie comes from seeing such a smooth operator squirm as his schemes are revealed and destroyed. […] plot contrivances abound […], along with not one but, two instances of characters, um, graphically relieving themselves at inopportune moments. The joke isn’t funny the first time and this kind of gross-out strain of comedy clangs uncomfortably with the feel-good message […]. Any semblance of intelligent humor or insight into female aging that may have existed gets tossed out the window of Carly’s high-rise office by the end […]

[There are, literally, NO good trivia bits for this movie. ~Vic]

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17 thoughts on “Movie Monday: April 29, 2014

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    April 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    This was switched off after 20 minutes.

    floatinggold said:
    April 30, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    When it comes to cheating, there is fault on both sides. Not only the woman/ man whom he/ she cheats with. Not only he/ she who cheats.

    badfinger20 said:
    May 1, 2019 at 1:21 am

    this one I never saw…
    I just know Justin Verlander has it made. Makes around 30 million a year, pitches in the MLB, and married to Kate Upton…I mean… damn…he won the lottery of life.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      May 1, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Don’t rosey it up, now. They are still two people that have to make a marriage work AND raise a kid. Lots of money & a model wife do not always bring bliss. Ask Billy Joel. Ask Jagger. Ask Harrison.

      People are people regardless of money & status.

        badfinger20 said:
        May 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm

        I know…but Kate Uptonnnnn…
        No I know…they probably have more pressure than the rest of us to be truthful.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          May 2, 2019 at 12:11 am

          Honestly, she is not that pretty. She’s just boobs. Marisa Miller, Christie, Claudia, Elle, Karen Graham, Kim Alexis, Carol Alt & Cindy were far prettier.

          Sorry. I’m just not impressed. Marisa Miller makes me want shoot myself. She is just breathtakingly stunning to me…body & face.

          The pressure to STAY beautiful in a youth-obsessed culture? No thank you.

            badfinger20 said:
            May 2, 2019 at 12:14 am

            My favorite looking actress…; Drew Barrymore….always. She has the cute factor. I like cuteness.
            Well change that to Clara Bow but that is going a long way back….so Drew and Clara have my votes.

            Oh this culture sucks…I agree it is terrible. Shallow…very shallow

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