I can tell they tried to make "not just another mistress movie." They did give it an admirable attempt, however, the film still falls back on the ususal fare. I had high hopes for this film, I really did, but the terrible over acting, uneven storytelling and obvious product placement was too much to overcome. Save your money and wait for it on cable TV.
There is no cat fight between wife and mistress, no love scene and it does not glorify mistresses. It is entertaining and will give you a peak at the life of the mistress. Its about choices women make and the sacrifices they make and its consequence.
The whole "mistress" storyline had been used (and abused) by mainstream cinema for two reasons- (1) attached with this story theme are the expected over the top drama, catchy one-liners, and promise of redemption that has proven to tickle the fancies (and launched a thousand and one memes); (2) Simply because it sells. With that in mind, it's so easy to dismiss Etiquette for Mistresses as one of the other mistress films that follows a tried and tested trajectory. However, what actually transpires on the screen is an intelligent, candid, and oftentimes painful portrayal of the other woman. In the film, we see their humanity- what makes them happy, what they aspire to be, what triggers their insanity. The film isn't trying to preach nor to justify morality. Inspired performances by the leads and some innovative shots by the director, Etiquette for a Mistresses is a good attempt to add a fresh perspective to a story that has been overused for so long.