Multiplex offerings this week feature three vengeful women, one brooding man, and a posthumous Paul Walker film.
The movie everyone will be talking about, for better or (mostly) worse, is The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton. Diaz and Upton both play the titular "other woman," and Mann plays the wife of Mark – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – whom is cheating on all three of them. The three eventually discover the existence of one another, and thus team-up to hatch a revenge scheme; we can only assume shenanigans ensue. Instead of drawing from the Bridesmaids lineage, though, it seems to be woefully male-centric: the three women rarely discuss anything except the man who has spurned them. Linda Holmes, for NPR's Monkey See blog, rips into the movie: "[It is] a story in which they play idiots with no interests of any kind except bickering over an utterly charmless man ... It is the most grotesque pantomime of girl power." Not everyone hates it so emphatically –Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson writes, "As daffy springtime diversions go, you could do a lot worse" – but it's pulling a 25 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently and it's the sort of movie that inspired this post, so you've been warned.
Also opening wide this week is horror flick The Quiet Ones, which like so many these days alleges to be "inspired by true events", and a posthumous Paul Walker film called Brick Mansions. The fact that it's one of two Walker movies to be released after his death (the other being Fast and Furious 7) will probably end being more notable than the movie itself, which seems like fairly standard dystopian, lawless-crime thriller fare.