Side Pieces, Mistresses, Sisterhood, and Revenge – My Review of “The Other Woman”

Laurean D. Robinson, MA

I am going to be honest.  I have never been a major fan of Mondays. They come up unexpectedly after a long and exciting weekend of debauchery and fun.  Whether they show up like uninvited guests after a long Memorial Weekend (my birthday weekend) or creeping up on you like your stalker ex (we all have at least one), Mondays are notorious for being an uncomfortable transition into our workweek.

This sort of rings true for me in that I had an awesome opportunity to see a first-run movie that I have been unofficially “promoting” since I saw its trailer a few months ago.

The Other Woman stars the comedic dynamos Cameron Diaz and Lesile Mann (she also played the obsessively cool wife and mom from This Is 40) with the bombshell Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj (as a tough-talking assistant that steals the office scenes) joining forces to dole out a heap of much-deserved revenge on a philandering tech start-up consultant.

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Not only is the guy cheating on Lesile’s wife character (the “Stepford” housewife in the uppercrust of Connecticut who has A LOT of time on her hands), but he’s cheating on Cameron’s character Carly, a shrewd yet fashionable New York lawyer with the biggest apartment I’ve ever seen AND the new hottie Kate Upton’s character. When does this guy SLEEP??

In any other circumstance, these women would have ripped each other apart with reckless abandon like the juicy catfights guys love watching at clubs and we women like to watch on reality television (hello, Bravo TV).  Luckily, they are much more intellectually elevated (or insanely ruthless, I couldn’t really make the distinction) by recognizing that it was the scumbag who deserved their venom a-la-First Wives’ Club/Waiting To Exhale. 

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Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I even brought my brother to get the general male perspective on this potential “chick flick.”  He actually liked it! He enjoyed all the ladies’ performances, specifically mentioning Cameron Diaz and Nicki Minaj.  It seems the American public supports that same sentiment this past weekend. I hope that trend continues!

10 things you need to know today: April 28, 2014

The Fifth Column

A man surveys the destruction left by a tornado in Arkansas.  A man surveys the destruction left by a tornado in Arkansas. (AP Photo/Courtesy of James Bryant)

The Week

Obama announces more sanctions on Russia, tornadoes kill 17 in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and more

1. West steps up pressure on Russia over Ukraine’s crisis
President Obama on Monday announced more sanctions against Russia over its threats against Ukraine. The sanctions will target people linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, aiming to “encourage him to walk the walk, not just talk the talk” on deescalating the crisis, Obama said. European Union leaders are meeting Monday to discuss tightening their own sanctions against Russia for backing separatists in Ukraine. [The New York TimesBBC News]

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2. Deadly tornadoes hit central and southern U.S.
Two tornadoes from a powerful storm system killed at least 17 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday. Authorities in Arkansas said the twister there…

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“Brick Mansions”: Is RZA’s Character The New Nino Brown? [EXCLUSIVE]

The Urban Daily

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Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZAfirst made the leap from rapper and producer to actor in the 1999 film “Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai” and since then has gone on to appear in a half dozen movies and made his directorial debut in 2012’s “The Man With The Iron Fists.”

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His appearance in “Iron Fists” as the titular blacksmith caught the attention some big names in Hollywood, so now The Abbot is back on the screen in “Brick Mansions,” a dystopian tale of an inner city warlord who holds the city of Detroit hostage.

“‘Brick Mansions’ is a remake of a French film called ‘B-13’ or ‘District 13’ depending on which DVD you have,” RZA tells TheUrbaDaily.com. “It was done by Luc Besson and I’m a big fan of his work. I read the character of Tremaine Alexander and I was impressed…

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