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Diaz, Mann Play off Each Other in ‘The Other Woman’

Lauren J. Mapp, Staff Writer

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Any single woman in her late 20s or 30s may have had a similar experience upon meeting a handsome, successful man: you meet, fall head over heels, and just as you start dreaming about wedding cakes and bouquets, you find out that the bastard’s married.

In this spring’s newest, unlikely duo, girl-bonding comedy Carly Whitten (played by Cameron Diaz) meets what appears to be the perfect guy, but after falling in lust she finds out that Mark King (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has a wife.

“The Other Woman” starts off with Carly meeting this man while working as an attorney in New York City. Beginning solely as a lustful affair, Mark begins to use romance and flowers to weasel his way into her heart – eventually convincing Carly that their relationship is serious enough for her to introduce him to her father.

When a last minute “plumbing emergency” in his suburban home in Connecticut renders Mark unable to meet Carly’s dad, she decides to surprise him by showing up dressed as a sexy plumber. Instead of having a romantic weekend rendezvous, she instead finds out that he is married when she shows up at his door and meets his adorkable wife Kate (played by Leslie Mann).

Kate, who is the quintessential doting housewife, is shocked by the news that Mark has been cheating on her, but instead of hating his mistress, she decides to make Carly her new best friend. Asking everything from details about their affair to advice about what she should do next, she begins trusting Carly as her sole confidant as she deals with her disintegrating marriage.

While spying on Mark, the two women discover that he has yet another mistress, Amber (played by Kate Upton), who’s is even younger and more attractive than them both. Together the three women team up against Mark in what turns out to be the best revenge that a scorned woman could ever hope for.

Director Nick Cassavetes brings film newcomer Melissa Stack’s writing to life in the laugh-out-loud fashion that one has come to expect from Mann (“Knocked Up, “This is 40”) and Diaz (“Bad Teacher,” “Shrek”). This film has all of the perfect elements that you could wish for in a chick-comedy: attractive cast, perfect comedic timing, drunken dance parties and an ending that rekindles one’s faith in humanity.

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