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The wife, the girlfriend and the lover seek to get back at the man that wronged them in Nick Cassavates’ The Other Woman

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. So what happens when a man has the temerity to scorn three of the fairer sex? Director Nick Cassavetes, of My Sister's Keeper, Alpha Dog and The Notebook fame, tells us. His latest cinematic offering, The Other Woman, brings together Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj and Don Johnson. Rather than taking the route of typical rom coms, Melissa Stack’s feature screenwriting debut focuses on “revenge and retribution”. The Other Woman is produced by LBI Productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Carly (Diaz) thinks she has it all till she discovers that her much-loved boyfriend, Mark (Coster-Waldau), is married. Shocked, she decides to get her life back on track. A chance meeting with Kate (Mann), the wife he’s been cheating on, makes her realise that they both have a lot in common — apart from the man in question. Soon, the sworn enemies become best buddies. When the duo discover that the man they loved had another affair, they team up with Amber (Upton), the girl in question. Wronged by the same man, the troika now has one mission: revenge on the cheating, lying and three-timing SOB.

Diaz, who believes The Other Woman is relevant to everyone because almost everybody has been cheated on at some point in life, hasn’t done her usual sunshine girl act in a while — she was last seen in A Liar’s Autobiography (2012), an animated comedy; Gambit (2012), a heist comedy; and The Counselor (2013), a legal thriller. She returns to the comedy circuit with this vengeful drama and offers her take: “At some point in your life, everybody has been cheated on… I’m not saying that the relationship you’re in currently, you’re going to get cheated on, but eventually or maybe in the past it’s happened.”

All three women believe that this film celebrates female relationships. Knocked Up star, Mann, 42, says that the idea of a woman fighting over a man is “outdated” and The Other Woman is “showing a more modern way of how women deal with each other”. Cassavetes agrees with the female bonding angle: “You wouldn’t think it would work, but their friendship is one of the strongest things about the script.”

Incidentally, The Other Woman has made it to cinema screens earlier. Natalie Portman slipped out of her ballet shoes to play a tormented home-breaker in Dan Loos’ The Other Woman (2009), an adaptation of Ayelet Waldman's novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.

As far as the new The Other Woman goes, being her isn’t easy. Especially when she isn’t the only one. Watch one Other Woman meet a second Other Woman and their collaboration with the wife — whew, the thought boggles the mind. A friendship of this sort can only celebrate female relationships, and figure out how to turn the tables on a man who wronged them all — simultaneously. All we can say is: watch it for the girls!

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