The Other Woman

“Cheaters never change!” – Carly (Cameron Diaz)

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The number one movie in America this weekend (4/25-4/27) hails from the Director of The Notebook and John Q, Nick Cassavetes. Ironically, in ‘The Other Woman’, a Connecticut housewife, Kate King (Leslie Mann) and her husband’s clueless mistress, Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), join forces to confront the sleaze ball. The plan backfires when they find more victims like a younger, sexier woman, Amber (Kate Upton). The ladies quickly form a sisterly bond and create a plan to seek revenge.

Leslie Mann keeps the movie alive. She played a totally different role in Knocked Up (2007) and its sequel This Is 40 (2012), but she remains amusing and animated. I even enjoyed her mild, satirical character in Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy (1999). Mann has upheld my comedic expectations in every big screen appearance. But she could not save the movie all by her lonesome.

Cameron Diaz was ok and even Kate Upton was baby doll adorable. On the contrary, Nicki Minaj was an abomination to all rappers turned actors across the world. Her role was limited. But, even the few dozen words she uttered was an exaggeration. It’s hard to support Nicki Minaj’s acting career because we have yet to see her as a sincere entertainer. Yes, she’s accumulated overwhelming success, but she is currently going through an identity crisis. On social media and in recent appearances, she has claimed to wear her real hair and denounce her excessive makeup, colored weaves, and enhanced buttocks.. If that look, which is displayed in the movie, is not who she is then, who is she? As Eminem would say, will the real Nicki Minaj please stand up?

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Yes, the movie is filled with attractive, witty woman. But, under no circumstances does The Other Woman compare to the awesomeness of Bridemaids (2011). I recently watched an ad for the movie, which was released on April 25th, where a critic claimed that the film is just as great as Bridemaids. Without identifying detailed specifics, The Other Woman lacked the consistently comical hysteria of Bridemaids and an all-star comedic lineup including contemporary sidesplitting women like Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.

The idea of women banding together after all sleeping with the same man is delusional. The movie wasn’t realistic and captures the fairy tale essence of ego-less, simple-minded women. If my husband participates in several extra martial affairs, I doubt I would be in a sweet-Mary Poppins, Carrie Bradshaw-friendly mood. It’s not time for a girl’s night out. It’s time to move on.

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2 Stars: The Other Woman is a mediocre movie for the ladies and an awkward attempt to make it socially acceptable to join forces as the wife and the other woman.

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Neighbors Passes

What would you do if your family moved next doors to the neighbors from hell?

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A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) must figure out a way to subdue the intensive conflict between the two parties. Neighbors is in theaters May 9th.

To watch the movie’s official trailer, CLICK HERE!

This Wednesday, April 23rd, Movie Scene Queen will host a special, super advance screening of Seth Rogen’s new comedy, Neighbors. The showing will be held at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning at 7:30 PM. If you’d like tickets, please comment with your first AND last name. Your name will be placed onto a RSVP list for you and one guest. (When all the passes have been redeemed, I will mark the film poster above with a CLOSED sign)

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Ride Along

“Show me that you’re worthy of her!” –James Payton (Ice Cube)

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Atlanta detective James Payton (Ice Cube) tests high school security guard, Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) as he bids for Payton’s sister’s hand in marriage. With the help of his cop friends, Santiago (John Leguizamo) and Miggs (Bryan Callen), Payton puts Barber through the ringer to see if he’s a good suit as his sister’s mate and as a police officer.

The movie was a lot funnier than I expected. After Grudge Match, I lost a little bit of hope for comedian Kevin Hart. Less than a month later, he has redeemed himself in Ride Along with his familiar goofy antics and silly repertory. Ben Barber was hyper-active, inappropriate, and hilarious; all the things we expect from Kevin Hart.

However, the only woman in the entire movie, besides soul singer Angie Stone, was a huge flop. Beautiful actress Tika Sumpter was one-dimensional in her role at Barber’s girlfriend and Payton’s sister, Angela. According to IMDb.com, movie director Tim Story (Think Like a Man, Fantastic Four, Barbershop) urged the cast to not follow the script exactly and improvise, but Tika Sumpter sounded scripted and was barely believable. Her sex appeal overshadowed her horrible acting because while it was hard to miss, Sumpter still managed to look fine and fluffy.

Other than “Are We There Yet” (2005), Ice Cube has consistently been paired with a comedian. In 1995, he paired up with Chris Tucker for the original “Friday”. In 2002, he sat beside Cedric the Entertainer in Barbershop. He’s also worked with Katt Williams twice, Tracy Morgan, and DeRay Davis. And Ice Cube clearly has an on-screen chemistry with Mike Epps for they’ve worked together on several projects such as “Next Friday” (2000), “Friday After Next” (2002), “All About The Benjamins” (2002) and “Janky Promoters” (2009).

Initially a rapper, Ice Cube successfully moonlighted as a reputable actor for 23 years now. But, let’s be honest! Ice Cube has convinced us that he can be a cute, cuddly dad or a gangsta from South Central LA, but he’s still at the bottom of the totem pole as a leading funny man. In Ride Along, when he tried to be funny, he came off corny. The West coast rapper was slightly reaching. I love O’Shea Jackson, so please don’t kill the messenger.

Without being a spoiler alert, I wonder if viewers will notice the many cameos. I gave you one already but Ride Along is jammed pack with noticeable actors, internet sensations, and radio hosts. The cameos are refreshing because while they are small parts, it is hard to forget their presence on the big screen.


3 Not Too Shabby Stars

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