The Other Woman (2014) Blu-ray Review: An Average Comedy That Needed to Push the Envelope a Lot More

Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) had finally found Mr. Right. He had a great job, tons of money, is good looking and perfect in just about every way. At least that’s what she thought before she arrived at his house to surprise him and ended up meeting Kate (Leslie Mann) his wife instead.

While dating multiple men at the same time and not bothering to remember their names was something she did often, dating a married man was the one line she won’t cross. Trying to backpedal and remove herself from the uncomfortable confrontation with the wife, Carly went back home and stopped taking Mark’s (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) phone calls.

Thinking she was done with the sordid affair, Carly returned to work only to find Kate and Kate’s Great Dane looking for her at the office. Kate was looking for answers and having nobody to talk to she was not going to take “no” for an answer and began stalking Carly until she agreed to speak with her. After several embarrassing and slightly awkward conversations mixed with a little too much alcohol, the two women started becoming friends. But it wasn’t until they discovered that Mark had yet another mistress who was even hotter and younger than they that their friendship became cemented.

While Carly wanted to strangle Amber (Kate Upton), Kate decided to use her charm and her usual insane methods to bring her into the fold now making it a threesome looking to exact revenge on the man that had played them.

Just knowing the basic plot, most people will be able to tell how everything’s going to play out. There’s no real plot twists and there isn’t even the slightest possibility that the trio gets caught. But it’s not a bad film. It’s just average with nothing really new added to the genre. It does have a couple of funny moments involving the dog and Kate’s character is just nutty enough to be likeable and sympathetic, but it just doesn’t push the envelope enough to make it a comedy that stands out.

The film is presented in a Widescreen 2.40:1 format with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. The video quality was sharp, clear, and bright. The audio track was underutilized and didn’t really stand out more than any other Blu-ray.

In addition to the Blu-ray is a redemption code for the downloadable digital version. There are three Special Features included on the disc.

“Deleted & Alternate Scenes” – The majority of the discarded scenes were good choices to be deleted. They weren’t significant to the storyline, and if they had been added they would have made the plot considerably more confusing. The only one that should have been added was the one that showed Mark going to prison and learning what it’s really like to be the wife. All the other characters had a paragraph at the end about what became of them so leaving out Mark’s was odd.

“Gag Reel” – A very short feature with the actors laughing while delivering lines.

“Giggle Fit” – A scene where Cameron and Leslie kept messing up their lines and not being able to stop laughing. It was funny the first time when it was shown in the “Gag Reel” feature, but in this version it went on for way too long.

The Other Woman is an enjoyable film that’s not something you’d go out of your way to see but not something you’d turn off if it happened to be on.

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Todd Karella

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