Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 109 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film was originally rated R, but cut down to a PG-13; nevertheless, the storyline of a married man cheating on his wife with a variety of other women probably won’t (or shouldn’t) appeal to younger teenagers. There are many discussions about sex, sexting, and cheating; a good amount of sexual innuendo; some implied sex scenes; slow-motion shots of women running around in skimpy bikinis; some cursing; some slapstick violence (a man walking through glass and getting bloodied); and some bathroom humor, including a dog defecating and a man reacting loudly (and grossly) to laxatives.
‘The Other Woman’ might have benefited from its original R rating, but as a PG-13 film, it feels completely tonally off. A stupid mix of broad humor and gender generalizations, the film tries to send an empowering female message, but it’s too dissonant to get anywhere.
By Roxana Hadadi
There is something to be said for raunchy, R-rated comedies: At least they’re honest in their depravity. Sure, “The Hangover,” “Bridesmaids,” and “21 Jump Street” aren’t for everyone, but they’ll take a joke and run with it, and if the film ends up in dirty territory, at least the laughs feel earned. “The Other Woman” started out R-rated and the filmmakers successfully protested to get it lowered to PG-13, but why? Are teenagers really going to be going out to see a movie about a philandering man who gets screwed over by the women he’s done wrong? Will the concept of marital infidelity really draw the younger set? This is a movie that should have stayed R; maybe it could have been a more cohesive, less stupid mess because of it.