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Sometimes you’re in the mood for a comedy that is sincerely stupid. I picked a good night to watch “The Other Woman” (2014). Plot summary: husband cheats, wife and mistress meet cute, hijinks ensue. There’s a little too much slapstick for my taste (pretty much any slapstick is too much slapstick for my taste) but there’s also some laugh-out-loud funny lines. I am getting into this reinvented Cameron Diaz, who plays women who used to be hot but are now kind of played out. And I can’t stand Leslie Mann, in any movie, ever, yet I couldn’t stop watching her.

The best thing about “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005) is it has that new-movie smell. You know what I mean. The concept is funny and all, but this was right at the beginning of the whole Judd Apatow Bromantic Comedy Era. It was Steve Carell’s first starring role. We hadn’t gotten tired of co-star Seth Rogen saying “fuck!” and doing bong hits every five seconds. The supporting cast is amazingly deep (Paul Rudd, Catherine Keener, Jane Lynch, Kat Dennings, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, etc.). And the dialogue is as sharp as a rock band on its first hit album.