For the most part the Rotten Tomato and Metacritic scribes despise Nick Cassevetes‘ The Other Woman, having given the 20th Century Fox release a 24% and 38% rating, respectively. The only guy who shares my view, which is that Woman is no classic but on the other hand isn’t too bad, is Boston Herald critic James Verniere. Regardless of all this, Box-Office Mojo is predicting a half-decent $15 million weekend, so the Other Woman trailer that I disliked for making a reasonably engaging, not-too-bad comedy seem a lot dumber than it is, is apparently doing its job.
Incidentally: I’m told by a Fox source that nobody made the trailer I was beefing about, which came out last December. Departed Fox marketing chiefs Oren Aviv and Tony Sella were gone when it was released (Sella apparently never even saw the film) and current marketing boss Marc Weinstock hadn’t really arrived and settled in. So the trailer kind of…I don’t know, manifested on its own volition? Something like that.
From my earlier review: “I’m not doing cartwheels here but I am saying, no lie, that about 70% or 80% of The Other Woman isn’t half bad. I was expecting rank stupidity, but I mostly didn’t get that. It’s not a great film or on the level of Mike Nichols‘ Working Girl or anything, but it’s a lot better that the marketing has indicated. It’s a tiny bit spazzy and silly and predictable in spots — some of it doesn’t work as well as it could or should.”
Verniere: “[This] flawed, poop-joke obsessed, neo-screwball comedy, directed by chick-flick guru Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) and written by newcomer Melissa Stack, is hardly a classic. [But] who would have guessed that Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann would be this year’s Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock? In The Other Woman these two comic performers not only outdo themselves in milking laughs from their lines, they also display a chemistry so sparkling you may want to see them together again, soon.”