The Other Woman (12A)

After exploring her dark side in ‘Bad Teacher’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counsellor’, Cameron Diaz is back in chick flick territory alongside Judd Apatow regular (and wife) Leslie Mann, and magazine cover regular Kate Upton in revenge comedy ‘The Other Woman’.

Career-minded Carly (Diaz) is falling hard for new beau (Nikolas Coster-Waldau), only for her world to come crashing down when she finds out he’s married. Confronted by his enraged wife (Mann), a potentially awkward encounter turns to their benefit when they realise they have a lot in common, most notably their new hatred for the same man. They hatch a plot to take him down, recruiting another one of his girlfriends (Upton) in the process.

The best thing you could say about ‘The Other Woman’ is that it aims for laughs, at the detriment of almost everything else. The jokes and ‘revenge’ plot in general aims for the lowest brow (spiking whiskey with laxatives is an eye-rolling low point). These very obvious comedy cues are rammed down our throat, to the point where it may have been more subtle for director Nick Cassavetes (a chick flick hall of famer after directing ‘The Notebook’) to come on screen and direct the audience- ‘Laugh here! Cringe here! This means the girls are up to something!’

Diaz and Mann are game for a laugh, and that chemistry between the two is one of the more entertaining things in the film. Both are variations of the characters they always play (big facial expressions and goofy, ‘one-of-the-girls’ antics), and lot of that chemistry is wasted on slapstick, but the willingness of both to look silly is endearing if nothing else. As for swimsuit model Kate Upton… well, she looks lovely in a swimsuit, and remembers her lines, although to be fair the script never asks any more of her.

A surprise package is flamboyant pop star Nicki Minaj, who makes a small appearance but an interesting one. Nikolas Coster-Waldau, currently doing unspeakable things on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, is the beleaguered womaniser who does a great job of being both charming and smarmy.

While the threesome of ladies are likeable, ‘The Other Woman’ always seems to opt for a pratfall when it could have aimed for something better. Not the worst rom-com ever, but a film that is content being average.

The Other Woman is out now.