The Other Woman (2014 film)

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The Other Woman
The Other Woman (2014 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Produced by Julie Yorn
Written by Melissa Stack
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Edited by
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) (Amsterdam premiere)
  • April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[2]
Box office $196.7 million[2]

The Other Woman is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Melissa Stack. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with Nicki Minaj, Taylor Kinney and Don Johnson in supporting roles. The film follows three women—Carly (Diaz), Kate (Mann), and Amber (Upton)—who are all romantically involved with the same man, Mark (Coster-Waldau). After finding out about each other, the trio decide to take revenge on Mark.

Development of The Other Woman began in January 2012, when 20th Century Fox hired Stack to write the script, based on the original idea from 1996 comedy The First Wives Club. Casting began in November 2012 and ended in June 2013. Filming began on April 29, 2013 in New York City, using locations like Manhattan, Long Island, The Hamptons, and The Bahamas. Aaron Zigman composed the score and LBI Productions produced the film.

The film was released on April 25, 2014 in the United States, distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox. Despite negative reviews, the film has been a box office success, becoming number one at the box office during its opening weekend and grossed over $196 million worldwide against its budget of $40 million. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 29, 2014, and earned more than $13 million in home media sales.


Carly, an attorney, has just started a relationship with Mark, a man she had sex with eight weeks prior. She is upset when Mark tells her he has to go out of town, but decides to go over to his house to seduce him. She is horrified to meet Kate, Mark's wife. While they are initially hostile, the two women end up befriending each other. Kate discovers that Mark is seeing another woman, whom she initially believes to be Carly. However, she and Carly discover that Mark is seeing a third woman: Amber.

Carly and Kate travel to the beach, where Kate has a run in with Amber and the two women inform her that Mark has been cheating on all of them. They decide to take revenge by doing things such as spiking his smoothies with estrogen and giving him breasts, as well as putting hair removal cream in his shampoo. Through their pranks, they discover that Mark has been embezzling from various companies at his workplace. Meanwhile, Carly begins to connect romantically with Kate's brother Phil. In addition, Amber confides to Carly that she is seeing someone else as well. However, their camaraderie begins to shatter when Kate finds herself falling in love with Mark again after an investor's dinner. Carly exposes Mark's fraud, upsetting Kate.

Later, Mark goes to the Bahamas on a supposed business trip, Kate decides to follow him there and blow his cover. She finds Carly and Amber at the airport, who explain what Mark has been up to: he has been using Kate as the owner of the companies he defrauded, which would cause her to go to prison if discovered. She finds out that Mark has yet another woman and that he had been seeing her. This, and the possibility of facing prison in Mark's place, urges Kate to take actions with help from Carly's legal expertise.

When Mark returns from vacation, he goes to visit Carly at her office. He is locked in the conference room by Carly's assistant, and is shocked to find all three women together. They confront him with all of his infidelities and embezzlements that they have discovered. With Carly as her attorney, Kate demands a divorce. Kate reveals that she has returned the embezzled money to the companies, which saves the divorcing couple from prison time but leaves Mark bankrupt. Additionally, Mark's business partner Nick arrives and fires Mark upon the discovery of the crime. Nick offers Kate the chance to take over her former husband's job in appreciation of her honesty.

Later, Carly marries Phil and the couple are expecting a child, Amber marries Carly's father, Frank, and Kate works as a CEO with Mark's former business partners and the company making a profit under her leadership.


The cast of The Other Woman
  • Cameron Diaz as Carly Whitten, an attorney who finds out that her boyfriend Mark is already married and has another girlfriend.[3]
  • Leslie Mann as Kate King, a housewife who discovers that her husband Mark is cheating on her with two women.[3]
  • Kate Upton as Amber, an Amazon swimsuit supermodel, Mark's second girlfriend.[3]
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Mark King, a wealthy businessman, who is cheating on his wife Kate and two girlfriends Carly and Amber, at the same time.[3]
  • Nicki Minaj as Lydia, Carly's assistant.[4]
  • Taylor Kinney as Phil, Kate's brother.[5]
  • Don Johnson as Frank Whitten, Carly's father who dates women half his age.[6]
  • David Thornton as Nick
  • Olivia Culpo as Raven-Haired Beauty



On January 16, 2012, it was announced that 2007 Black Listed screenwriter Melissa Stack was hired by 20th Century Fox to write an untitled female revenge comedy, which Julie Yorn would produce through LBI Productions.[7] The film's script was described as the original idea from the 1996 film The First Wives Club, but with younger leads.[7] On November 13, the film's title was revealed to be The Other Woman.[8] On January 31, 2013, Nick Cassavetes signed on to direct the film.[9]


On November 13, 2012, TheWrap reported that Cameron Diaz was in talks for the lead role.[8] Diaz's representative also revealed that actress Kristen Wiig was under consideration for the wife role.[8] On March 13, 2012, Leslie Mann and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were in talks to join the film, while Diaz was confirmed for her role.[10] On April 15, Kate Upton joined the film.[11] The same day, Taylor Kinney was announced to be in talks for a role.[5] On April 25, Nicki Minaj signed on to make her feature film debut.[4] On June 5, Don Johnson also joined the film to play Diaz's character's father.[6]


In March 2013, the shooting was set to begin late-spring or early summer 2013 in New York.[10] Later it was told that the production would begin in May 2013.[4] Principal photography for the movie began on April 29, 2013[12] and filming was completed by August 27, 2013.[citation needed] Much of filming took place in parts of New York,[13][14] including Long Island, The Hamptons, and Westhampton Beach.[15] In the late-June, some scenes were also shot in Chinatown.[16] From July 18-23, filming took place in New Providence, where Nassau, The Bahamas was used as the filming location.[17] Atlantis Paradise Island was also used as the shooting location.[18]


The Other Woman's music was composed by Aaron Zigman, who was reportedly set to score the film on May 31, 2013.[19][better source needed] The full album track list, featuring songs from different artists including Etta James, Ester Dean, Morcheeba, Cyndi Lauper, Britt Nicole, Patty Griffin, Lorde, Keyshia Cole and Iggy Azalea.[20]


On March 31, the film had a premiere in Amsterdam, and the next day on April 1, it was premiered at Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London.[21] The film later had a premiere on December 21 in Westwood, California.[22]

On March 25, 2014, Fox appealed the R-rating, which Motion Picture Association of America gave the film for sexual references.[23] But studio wanted to get PG-13, because according to Box Office Mojo, the R-rated movies ever released, all could gross averaged just $7.8 million.[23] So on April 9, the MPAA's rating appeals board took back the R and awarded the film with a PG-13. And the sources confirmed that there were no changes made to get the film PG-13.[24] The Other Woman was released on April 25, 2014 in the United States.

Box office[edit]

The film was a box office hit earning over five times its production costs. The Other Woman opened at number 1 in North America on April 25, 2014 in 3,205 theaters debuting atop the weekend box office with earnings of $24.7 million across the three days.[25] The film has grossed $83,911,193 in America and $112,870,000 in other countries for a worldwide total of $196,781,193.[2]

Home media[edit]

The Other Woman was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 29, 2014.[26] The Blu-ray edition features the Gag Reel, Giggle Fit, Gallery and deleted scenes.[27] In the United States, the film has grossed $9,592,336 from DVD sales and $4,163,463 from Blu-ray sales, making a total of $13,755,799.[28]


Critical response[edit]

The Other Woman received negative reviews. On film aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 24% rating, with an average score of 4.2/10, based on reviews from 144 critics. The site's consensus states: "The Other Woman definitely boasts a talented pedigree, but all that skill is never fully brought to bear on a story that settles for cheap laughs instead of reaching its empowering potential."[29] Another website, Metacritic, reported an average score of 39/100 (indicating "generally unfavorable reviews"), based on reviews from 35 critics.[30]

Audiences looking for a nonstop laugh riot may be disappointed, but the big laughs are there, and they benefit from the movie's underlying sincerity.

Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle[31]

Justin Chang of Variety said, "Beneath the wobbly pratfalls and the scatological setpieces, there's no denying the film's mean-spirited kick, or its more-than-passing interest in what makes its women tick."[32] The Hollywood Reporter's critic Todd McCarthy said, "It would have helped if director Nick Cassavetes had something resembling a sure hand at comedy."[33] Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club gave the film grade C-, saying "All of a sudden, a spotted Great Dane squats in the middle of a Manhattan apartment and out plop several gleaming, glistening CGI turds. It's one of those cases where a Hollywood movie inadvertently summarizes itself in a single shot."[34] Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Line to line, it's fresher than any number of guy-centric "Hangover"-spawned affairs, despite director Cassavetes' lack of flair for slapstick."[35] The Boston Globe's Ty Burr gave the film one out of four stars and said, "It's "The First Wives Club" rewritten for younger, less demanding audiences, or a "9 to 5" with absolutely nothing at stake."[36] Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice said, "The Other Woman doesn't give these actresses much to do except look ridiculous, if not sneaky and conniving."[37]

The vapid story -- and its intended humor -- meanders and loses its way in predictable sit-com style.

Claudia Puig — USA Today[38]

Michael Sragow of Orange County Register gave the film grade C, saying that film is "a coarse, rickety comedy."[39] Richard Corliss wrote For the magazine Time, "All three women are less watchable and amusing than Nicki Minaj as Carly's legal assistant Lydia."[40] Film critic Stephen Holden of The New York Times said that the film is "so dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue."[41] James Berardinelli of ReelViews asked, "Has it come to this for director Nick Cassavetes?"[42] Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.Com gave the film two out of four stars and said, "While "The Other Woman" raises some thoughtful questions about independence, identity and the importance of sisterhood, ultimately it would rather poop on them and then throw them through a window in hopes of the getting the big laugh."[43] Wesley Morris of Grantland said, "No one knows which takes are funny and which aren't. More than once, all three women, especially poor Upton, are caught looking like they don't know what they're doing."[44] Richard Roeper gave the film one out of five stars and called the film "Brutal."[45]

Bilge Ebiri of the magazine New York said, "You can't shake the feeling that in a just world, all these women - even Kate Upton - would have better material than this."[46] Connie Ogle of The Miami Herald gave the film three out of four stars and called the film a "goofy, ridiculous, with more gross-out humor than is strictly necessary but still funny. It falls into the category of Girlfriend Films - as in, go with your girlfriends and leave your date/partner/spouse at home with the PlayStation or the NBA playoffs."[47] Colin Covert of Star Tribune gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It's an escapist women's empowerment comedy like many others, but elevated by the simple virtue of being, for most of its length, very, very funny."[48] Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "A movie as generic and forgettable as the sofa-size art on its characters' walls."[49] Linda Holmes wrote for NPR, calling the film "a conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise ..."[50] Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times gave the advice to guys to "Step away from the vehicle, because The Other Woman is out of control and intent on running down a certain kind of male."[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Teen Choice Awards[52] Choice Movie: Comedy The Other Woman Won
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Cameron Diaz Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry Cameron Diaz
Leslie Mann
Kate Upton
2015 People's Choice Awards[53] Favorite Comedic Movie The Other Woman
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Cameron Diaz
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress Cameron Diaz Pending


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