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May 1, 2014

Mann, Diaz, Upton not enough to save 'Other Woman'

Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz are two clearly gifted comic actresses, and Kate Upton is without question ... well, one of the top swimsuit models in the world. 

That threesome, however, can do nothing to overcome the material in the supposed female-empowerment comedy “The Other Woman.”

Diaz stars as Carly Whitten, a cold-hearted lawyer whose breath is taken away by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s (Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones”) charming businessman Mark King during the film’s opening montage.

Almost instantly, however, we discover that Mark is a two-timer, with a perfectly lovely but clueless wife at home in Mann’s Kate.

When Carly opts to make amends for a fight by showing up unannounced at his house, the wife and mistress are introduced to each other, and hilarity is soon supposed to follow.

Mann’s daffy suburban housewife becomes unhinged and forces an unlikely friendship with Diaz’s driven urbanite, with nothing in common but one scumbag philanderer.

Eventually, the duo becomes a trio when they find that there’s a younger and prettier mistress in Upton’s affable Amber, who quickly joins their gang for a chance at revenge.

Mann does her familiar kooky meltdown schtick and it’s still amusing, and the film offers a few clever one-liners. “The Other Woman,” though, is awkward and, for the most part, not very funny.

Director Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”) shows little aptitude for comedy, and the film bounces awkwardly from gross-out comedy to heartfelt relationship drama.

The smart, empowered women in the movie do virtually nothing but obsess over Coster-Waldau, who is, granted, good-looking, with a devilish twinkle in his eye, but probably should have just been dumped by everyone 10 minutes into the film.

Instead, there’s a dopey revenge plan — the Nair in the shampoo bottle trick, yeah, that’s a new one — with a silly climax.

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