'The Other Woman' serves up revenge in comic female fantasy

Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:05am EDT
 
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(Note: Please be advised that paragraphs 15 and 17 contain language that may offend some readers)

By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Other Woman" is a somewhat rare species in today's film fauna - a comedy by women, about women and for women.

But not just for women, star Cameron Diaz said, even though the film is a tale of three women who band together to take revenge on the cheating cad and reduce him to a whimpering mess.

"Everyone can relate to feeling betrayed," said Diaz, dismissing any notions that "The Other Woman" is solely a "chick flick."

If men don't buy into that line, then there's the allure of a screwball and slightly raunchy comedy with Kate Upton, the curvaceous Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, who makes her first serious foray into acting as the second other woman.

The film from Fox, which opens on Friday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, follows in the footsteps of female-driven comedies "Bridesmaids" in 2011 and "The Heat," which was the top-grossing comic film in 2013.

"The Other Woman" is expected to bring in $18 million at the box office in its first weekend, according to Boxoffice.com, less than "Bridesmaids" with $26 million and "The Heat" with $39 million, although those films opened in the busier movie-going months of May and June, respectively.

Diaz, 41, plays the cool, competent lawyer Carly, who lets her guard down when she falls for Mark, a suave businessman played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor who stars in HBO's medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones."   Continued...

 
Cast members (from L-R) Nicki Minaj, Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Taylor Kinney and Kate Upton pose at the premiere of the film "The Other Woman" in Los Angeles, California April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni