The movie itself wasn’t incredible, but the message it delivers is something all women should pay mind to.
My best friend and I have this tradition where we’d get together once every week (or as often as our schedules would allow), get takeout, pull up a chair and watch Girls or some crappy rom-com. We would talk and discuss, at length, relationships as depicted on the screen.
Yesterday’s film of choice was The Other Woman. Now, I haven’t really had any luck with the latest Cameron Diaz movies (Sex Tape made me want to shit a brick and throw it at her face), so I had the lowest of the lowest expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
The Other Woman is about three women, thrust into each other’s lives through one asshole (that sexy guy from Game of Thrones). Kate (Leslie Mann), Carly (Cameron Diaz), and Amber (Kate Upton) form the unlikeliest of friendships as they uncover the depth of their husband/boyfriend/lover’s infidelities.
There’s a common notion that when you mix women and the men they’re into, you get sadism and sabotage. Women don’t like other women, and a lot of that stems from competing over one man’s affections. First of all, no. That’s just old-fashioned and stupid. There’s one aspect to the female human that some people don’t quite know. It’s that even if we’ve been enemies since the beginning of time, there is always something that bonds us together… through mutual suffering.
It’s an unspoken rule that even if your worst enemy is in need of a tampon, you will give her one. You don’t fuck with somebody else’s man (or at least that’s what good women do). As Madeleine Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
What’s incredibly heart-warming about the movie is that even though Kate’s life was ripped apart in a matter of minutes, she found strength through her girlfriends. Kate, who did not have a leg to stand on before, only realized her potential through the encouragement of her unlikely friends. While this scenario may not seem plausible AT ALL (I mean, would you seek comfort and advice from your husband’s mistress?), it’s an empowering lesson for us women – to look past our differences and come together in the face of adversity (or a lying, cheating scumbag), and become a better human being for it.
Yes, the movie had its issues. Namely, Kate Upton was really just a pair of really big boobs. A lot of the humor stems from cheap gags and people making a fool of themselves. However, the chemistry and talent is undeniable. Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz really won me over with their quirky friendship. Boys come and go. Best girlfriends are forever.
Great for easy watching with the girlfriends. Probably not a good idea to watch with the boyfriend.
8/10 for the message.
5/10 for the movie.