ABC Film Challenge – Romance – O – The Other Woman (2014)

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Melissa Stack (Screenplay)

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney

 

Plot: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Rom Com

 

Story: The Other Woman starts as we meet Mark (Coster-Waldau) who is just starting a relationship with businesswoman Carly (Diaz) but Mark also has a wife back home in Kate (Mann), he has mastered the art of covering his tracks but when Carly goes to surprise him she learns he is married.

Kate starts to have a break down with learn that her husband has been cheating on her and befriends Carly as they struggle with everything going on. They also find out that Mark has another woman on the side Amber (Upton) and the three meet and plan to get revenge on Mark.

 

Thoughts on The Other Woman

 

Characters/PerformanceCarly is a successful businesswoman that has always struggled with love but believe she has found the perfect man in Mark but once she learns he is married she tries to distance herself from the situation but ends u joining forces with the wife to get revenge on Mark.  Kate is the wife that has a break down once she learns he is cheating but soon works with Carly to get revenge. Mark is the husband that has been playing his way through the women, he believes he has everything under control but he is about to learn his lesson. Amber is the young woman that has been the latest choice for Mark and regrets being involved and joins forces.

Performance wise, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann are good like you would expect in a form of romantic comedy Nikolaj most famous for Game of Thrones suits the character but does seem to struggle with the comedy side of his role. Kate Upton is similar in this too.

StoryWe have seen the husband cheating before in film but the idea of making the women team up to get revenge and expose a potential huge criminal case shows us something fresh in this idea. Sure, this does feel like it is targeted towards a female audience it can still be enjoyed.

Comedy/Romance The comedy does work on certain occasions and is one of the better ones of recent years if not the best while the romance side of the film comes from how the girls have been cheated on.

SettingsThe settings show the different lives the women live so Mark can get away for as long as he did.

Final ThoughtsThis is a rom com that is better than I thought but it still isn’t on the list on the list of my favourite.

 

Overall: Enjoyable rom com.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – N – The Notebook (2004)

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi (Screenplay) Nicholas Sparks (Novel)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly,

 

Plot: A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Date Night Sorted

 

Story: The Notebook starts as Duke (Garner) a positive thinking elderly man is getting ready to continue a story to Miss Hamilton (Rowlands) at the home, this story takes us back to Noah (Gosling) who meets the 17-year-old Allie (McAdams), both from different backgrounds, Noah poor and Allie rich.

When the two fall wildly in love Allie’s parent’s don’t want her to spend her life with what they call trash, leading to a break-up of the loving couple. Years fly by the two live their own lives away from each other where Allie falls in love with a man her family approve off. While the two cross paths again the love they felt will always be there, but life always gets in the way.

 

Thoughts on The Notebook

 

Characters – Noah came from the wrong side of town, the side with no money or prospects, he earns everything he has to prove that he can escape this world, he makes it through war but his love for Allie will never stop being there. Allie comes from the rich part of town, she accepts Noah for being different but her parents stop her from following the true love she felt for him, while she does fall in love with another man she will always have that flame for Noah. Duke is the man telling us the story to Miss Hamilton who is listening to the story, we learn that they are a bigger part of the story too.

PerformanceGosling and McAdams both shine in these roles which will always be considered two of their more popular roles of their careers. James Garner and Gena Rowlands are both great in the older roles too.

StoryThe story focuses on two people who fell in love, they face stumbling blocks along the way be it personal or otherwise but the love they feel will be what no other can give them. We do flash between the story unfolding as it is being told that does give us hints to who the elder characters are which at times can be frustrating because the final reveal is the one that plays on the heart strings. This is a fairy tale love story, which the likely hood of every happening seems unlikely, but it gives the audience hope of true love.

RomanceThe romance in this film does show how two people can fall in love and it last forever even through illness, war and everyday situations.

SettingsThe settings give us a clear difference in class the two come from and just how the love they feel can bring people together from different background

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Scene of the Movie – Swans and rain.

 

That Moment That Annoyed Me I think they give away a twist too early.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the all time most popular date night movies, you can see why because it does work on the love side of things.

 

Overall: This is a bitter sweet love story that plays for tears.

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