Weekend Watch: Is 'The Other Woman' the Next 'Bridesmaids'?
The girl-powered revenge comedy looks like it could be the right amount of crazy.
In the great tradition of Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, and The Heat comes The Other Woman, a female-fronted buddy comedy full of girls doing all the insane, raunchy stuff usually left to the boys. Co-stars Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz are familiar with this brand of humor, having cut their teeth in movies like Knocked Up, This is 40, and Bad Teacher. It's the third buddy who's the interesting addition. Kate Upton makes her theatrical debut in The Other Woman and it'll be fun to see what the world famous supermodel can do.
Will Upton's presence (in a bikini) allow The Other Woman to unseat Captain America 2 and Rio 2 at the box office this weekend? Time will tell, but audiences love funny women. If Diaz, Mann, and Upton's chemistry is as authentic as it seems in the trailer and from their press tour, we might have another comedic breakout on our hands. Can you picture Upton hosting Saturday Night Live? Crazier things have happened.
The Other Woman
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Written by the unknown Melissa Stack and directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) of all people, The Other Woman is a genuine mystery. If it succeeds, it'll be on the strength of the performances of its three leading ladies, not the seemingly random team of people behind the lens. The story revolves around Mann as a cuckolded wife who discovers her husband (Coster-Waldau) is cheating. She responds hilariously and, out of desperation, seeks answers from the other woman (Diaz). Things get crazier when the two unlikely friends discover yet another mistress (Upton), the other other woman. Soon, the three are teaming up to exact revenge on the man who made a fool of them all. While the chemistry between the three stars is undeniable, this one doesn't have the smarts to be a Bridesmaids-type lovable romp. Skip it.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott
It's worth putting stock in the talent involved in this film than paying much attention to the plot itself (the entire movie takes place in a car). Written and directed by the talented Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), Locke is essentially a stage play with one setting and one man onstage. That man is Tom Hardy, who plays the title character. The film follows him as he drives away from everything and everyone he loves during a tumultuous night that throws his entire existence into upheaval. Heavy stuff. To pull off a film like this, you need a fantastic actor and Hardy fits that bill. The man who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises still isn't the giant star he could be in the States, but it's only a matter of time. See it.
The Quiet Ones
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards
The Quiet Ones is the thriller of the weekend. It's another film "based on true events" that involves possession and the silly people who think ghosts aren't real. Jared Harris stars as a professor conducting paranormal experiments on a young, disturbed girl (Cooke). His funding is cut but the experiments go on in an isolated country house—what better place to scare the hell out of everyone? It's there, the poltergeist reveals itself and the experiments turn very dangerous. Movies like this aren't going to win awards for originality, but if The Conjuring scared you last year, this one will too. See it.
For No Good Reason
Starring: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam
For No Good Reason is a lighthearted biographical documentary on the life of Ralph Steadman, best known as the artist behind Hunter S. Thompson's work. Old friend Johnny Depp acts as an usher into Steadman's world as director Charlie Paul relaxes and simply watches the artist work and recount old stories. Paul also mixes in some cool animated sequences to drive the narrative, but there's not much to the film. It's a must for anyone interested in Steadman and his artistic process, but there's not much wide appeal. See it.
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack
At the other end of the revenge spectrum from The Other Woman is this pulsating festival favorite from last year. Blue Ruin is basically an artistic take on a Steven Seagal-type film from the early '90s. A drifter who looks like he's been off the grid for years comes back to civilization, and his hometown, to carry out an act of brutal revenge. But he gets more than he bargained for and must protect the family he left years ago. Critics have both lauded and slammed the film. It's violent and not for the faint of heart, but anyone looking for a bit of reality in their thrillers instead of ghosts should find a theater playing Blue Ruin. It gets a limited run this week. See it.