The Other Woman (2011)
Critic Consensus: Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow deliver fine performances in The Other Woman, but they're muted by Don Roos' clumsy direction and cluttered, melodramatic script.
Natalie Portman (BLACK SWAN, STAR WARS) lights up the screen in this frank, funny, and heart-wrenching adaptation of bestselling author Ayelet Waldman's novel about life, loss, and family, "LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS." Emilia (Portman) is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen, THE UNDERSTUDY), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss - and married - when she began working at his law firm. Unfortunately, her life takes an unexpected turn when Jack and Emilia lose their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her new stepson William (Charlie Tahan, I AM LEGEND), while also trying to overcome a long-standing rift in her relationship with her father caused by his own infidelity. But perhaps the most difficult obstacle of all for Emilia is trying to cope with the constant interferences of her husband's angry, jealous ex-wife, Carolyn (Lisa Kudrow, FRIENDS, ANALYZE THIS). Ultimately, Emilia's and Charlie's playful and sometimes tender exchanges help Emilia to open her heart. Can Emilia rediscover her own capacity for love in time to salvage her failing marriage, mend fences with her parents and build a family from the wreckage? Directed by Don Roos (THE OPPOSITE OF SEX) from his own screenplay, this tearful, terrific tale proves that even with a pursuit like love, nothing is impossible... -- (C) IFC Films … More
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Critic Reviews for The Other Woman
It's a kind of unofficial sequel or sibling, three decades later, to Robert Benton's Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer.
One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work.
Soap opera for the bourgeoisie, The Other Woman is the kind of movie Lifetime audiences would gush over as sensitive and wise.
Natalie Portman may have the black swan and the white swan down, but she's still working on the gray.
Audience Reviews for The Other Woman
The movie is interesting, well acted and realistic. That makes it a better-than-average movie.
It would have been easy to make a melodrama with this subject and the sort of unexpected revelation that comes up in the third act, but Roos avoids that and delivers this emotionally complex film devoid of villains and lifted by two excellent performances by Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow.
A new wife struggles to find her place in the husband/wife/son-from-a-previous-marriage dynamic as she mourns the death of her newborn.
Natalie Portman was once one of film's rising stars, but now she chooses some of the worst projects, and this one is even worse than No Strings Attached; I didn't even waste my time on Your Highness. The film front-loads a ton of exposition, and then the rest of the film is spent with characters spouting bullshit pop psychology at and about Emilia. She becomes the project of the film -- characters trying to figure her out -- but she's never an interesting character. The third act's engine is a suspicion about the child's death, and this plot line comes out of the walls, but by the time this film pulls that shit out its ass, I ceased believing that I would ever start caring about these characters.
Overall, Natalie Portman's career choices were so much better at the beginning.
The Other Woman Quotes
|Emilia:||She's gone. I know the difference between here and gone.|
|Carolyn:||This is all your fault. You just won't be happy until you ruin everything. I don't know what the hell happened to make you so destructive.|
|Jack:||The days william was born and Isabel was born were the happiest of my life.|
|William:||Did you know that Isabel was never really a person?...In Jewish law, it says a baby is not a person until it's at least eight days old. And Isabel was only three days old when she died, so that means she was never really a person.|
|Emilia:||Where did you hear that?|
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