Cameron Diaz is certainly no stranger to comedy, but does her latest entry into the genre bring the laughs?
Well, kinda, sorta. At least, according to some of the reviews that are starting to come in for The Other Woman.
The movie begins with a wife (Leslie Mann) finding out that her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is cheating on her with Diaz's character, only for the ladies to learn that he's also being unfaithful with none other than a blond bombshell (Kate Upton). So, what's a girl—make that girls—to do? Get some revenge by forming an unlikely alliance to take down the man who wronged them, naturally.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes, The Other Woman hits theaters on Friday.
Here now is a sampling of what the critics are saying...
• "The Other Woman is a weak adultery rom-com in which the most authentic performance comes from a non-housebroken Great Dane," writes Sara Stewart of the New York Post. "Mann and Diaz give it their all, and you can see how they might be a good comic team with better material, Mann a goofy foil to Diaz's savvy urbanite."
• "A female solidarity adultery comedy that's three parts embarrassing farce to one part genuinely comic discharge," notes Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter, who adds, "It would have helped if director Nick Cassavetes had something resembling a sure hand at comedy."
• "Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann make an effective team in this ungainly yet weirdly compelling revenge comedy," states Variety's Justin Chang. "Diaz (who starred in Cassavetes' My Sister's Keeper) is in fine, nuanced form here, stepping into the heels of a strong-willed, successful working woman without reducing her to a one-note shrew."
• "Connecting slightly more often than not, this film works best as a showcase for the talents of Leslie Mann, who can ring rueful laughter of identification out of humiliation and angst unlike few actresses working today," opines Brent Simon of Screen International. "Mann and Diaz have a great rapport, jointly anchoring the film."
• "There's a strong whiff of The First Wives Club and even a sprinkling of Working Girl here - but instead of updating the genre, The Other Woman rehashes it," shares Time Out's Anna Smith.
• "The film is clearly wary of either being too saccharine or taking itself--or the notion of compulsive infidelity--too seriously, though its schadenfreude is unwavering," writes Jordan Osterer of Slant Magazine.