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Tanya Khoury: An apology of a film
May 16, 2014
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I think I was being punished by unknown forces for not going to the cinema in a very long time. That is the only way I can make sense of why this happened to me.

I went to the theatre filled with excitement to see the latest Wes Anderson flick The Grand Budapest Hotel; I love Anderson, he is a unique storyteller who always has something up his sleeve. Upon arriving at the extremely packed theatre I noticed that there were no posters for the film or any signs of the show times. I should have gone back home right there and then, instead I went forth fighting for Anderson and demanding to see the film. Of course, I got nowhere with that and they didn’t even know when it would be showing. A friend then suggested that we see something light and we proceeded to purchase tickets for The Other Woman. In my defence, I had not heard of the film nor did I know who had acted in it.

I really don’t know where to begin – as soon as the film started I knew we were in for a disaster. Cringe-worthy lines and scenes made me dig myself deeper into that bucket of popcorn. There was no story really, it was just every single overplayed scenario of man marries woman, cheats on woman over and over, wife and more than one ‘other woman’ become friends to plot against cheating husband. You know it’s as realistic and demeaning as it can get. What is even more annoying is the fact that these actors even agreed to do such a film. I don’t usually mind Leslie Mann and I can somewhat stomach Cameron Diaz but I really cannot find any explanation as to what exactly it is that they were trying to achieve with this pathetic excuse of a film.

The funny or sad thing is that in addition to the miserable plot and excruciating acting, the film did not seem to have any intention of ending. I felt like this torture was going to go on forever, two full hours of that. There was no refuge after my popcorn finished but the film was so bad that I just had to see how it ended. Not the kind of ending that I didn’t expect, I just wanted to make sure that there was a light at the end of the tunnel or the cinema exit, whichever, I just wanted it to be over.

So that I do this review justice I will fill you in on the film other than the one sentence I mentioned above. If the writer/director wanted to portray a comedic side to dysfunctional relationships then maybe, just maybe, I would have been able to bare it a little longer, but I don’t think this was the intention. I got lost with all the sub-scenes introducing all those outrageous and almost offensive scenes ‘women’ find themselves in when dealing with good-looking men. The more I review the film in my head the more I realise that I will never get those two hours back. Ever. Please don’t go see this in the cinema and if it happens to be on cable make sure you finish all your chores and errands, and then come back to see the ending credits.

I apologise for having to put you through this. I don’t even want to rate it, but for the sake of the fantastic popcorn and air-conditioning, I will give it a 1.5/10.
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