Film Review: Why ‘The Other Woman’ is a Win for Sisterhood

The Other Woman

Film Review: Why 'The Other Woman' is a Win for Sisterhood | Positively Smitten

By Jessie Stracener

First off, let me just say that my sister is awesome. She took me to see this awesome movie, “The Other Woman”. That sort of female camaraderie is really truly something special, and I am glad to be a part of it.

“The Other Woman” is getting a lot of press for edging “Captain America” out of the spotlight. My sister and I wanted to see something light and fluffy, and “The Other Woman” is pretty much the only movie playing right now that fits that description just from watching the trailers. There are a lot of strong female characters being presented to us these days, which is awesome. However, usually those characters are solitary, they are singular, or wrapped up with a man, or friends with men, or in dire and life threatening situations. “The Other Woman” rather unexpectedly showed me strong women in the guise of a romantic comedy.

We start out with Carly (Cameron Diaz), a sexy and successful woman who has finally met what seems to be the perfect guy. She seems like a nice lady, and she certainly deserves to be happy…and then bam! She finds out he has a wife. Now, what we usually see here is an epic battle over the man between two otherwise sane women. That isn’t what happens here. Carly is not going to pursue a married man, contrary to her friend’s (played by a hilarious Nicki Minaj) advice. Kate (Leslie Mann), otherwise known as the wife, seeks Carly out, and they become

Think about this a minute: instead of trying to tear each other apart and have the “best woman” win the man, they end up lovingly supporting each other through what both of them are surely experiencing as an
emotional trauma. Yes, Katniss (“The Hunger Games”) is awesome, and I am glad that young women have her as a role model. But I think something equally inspiring is going on between Carly and Kate and later they even
support the other other woman. This is a real scenario, not a post apocalyptic world where Tris (“Divergent”) is a strong female leader or Katniss is the face of the resistance; these two women are wronged by someone they both trusted and are working together to make something better of it.

What would happen if we all did that? If, instead of beating up on the women who are “just trying to steal our man” or a promotion, or the number one position, or whatever it is, instead of making them feel bad and putting them down, we joined together with them and lifted each other up in the process? What about instead of gossiping about how bad our female coworker looked that day, we show some concern and see what we can do to help her through whatever is wrong in her life?

Is it just in the movies, or can real women show that sort of love and acceptance and sisterhood? Yes, I believe we can.

This movie was awesome. I won’t spoil it for you. Most of what I have already said you can glean from the trailer. I laughed until I cried at a few points. Go check it out, and the next time you are given a choice, be a better woman. I am going to try and do the same.

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About Jessie:

I am a happily married 24-year-old woman living in the heart of the south. By day I work primarily with children or doing some sort of clerical work. I’m an ace with excel spreadsheets and bandaging “boo boos”. I’ve had nearly every job you could think of and I have enjoyed most of them, from working at a museum, library, Microbiology lab, and a Music studio to being a birthday clown, a tutor, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love to sew, cross stitch, embroider, and work with beads and wire to make awesome trees. I will try crafting anything at least once. I also love to read. I will read nearly anything. I also like to cook when I have the time.

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