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The Other Woman trailer: take this, Bechdel Test!

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Oh, great: a movie with not one, not two, but three female protagonists! Oh, shit: literally the entire movie is going to be three women talking about a man.

I suppose this is a good way for a woman — in this case, first-time screenwriter Melissa Stack — to make a name for herself: craft a movie that seems designed to lob an enormous Fuck You at people who complain about the treatment of women in movies.

We need a word or phrase that means, about women in Hollywood, the same thing that “Uncle Tom” means…

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US/Canada release date: Apr 25 2014 | UK release date: Apr 23 2014
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  • RogerBW

    I thought that after Bridesmaids the phrase was Mumolo/Wiig.

    If this flies at all it’ll be on the acting. And with Cameron Diaz as the lead I’m not holding out much hope even for that.

  • cinderkeys

    With a title like _The Other Woman_, there’s not much point in getting one’s hopes up about a Bechdel passing grade. I’ll be looking out for your review.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Five decades ago, it would have been three women fighting over a man. Now it’s three women trying to get back at a man in a scenario that seems like a romcom version of the old office comedy Nine to Five. So…. not exactly this year’s answer to In a World but still.. progress?

  • Tonio Kruger

    Given Cameron Diaz’s role in this flick, I’m surprised they didn’t call it My Best Friend’s Husband.

  • MaryAnn Johanson

    It still presumes that women’s lives totally revolve around men. They don’t.

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