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The Other Woman (2009) More at IMDbPro »Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (original title)

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The Other Woman -- A newlywed woman (Portman) struggles with the loss of her newborn daughter, trying to form a bond with her precocious stepson, and content with the constant interferences of her husband’s jealous ex-wife, Carolyn (Kudrow).


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Writers (WGA):
Don Roos (screenplay)
Ayelet Waldman (novel)
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  (in credits order)

Natalie Portman ... Emilia Greenleaf

Scott Cohen ... Jack

Lisa Kudrow ... Carolyn

Charlie Tahan ... William

Lauren Ambrose ... Mindy

Michael Cristofer ... Sheldon

Debra Monk ... Laura

Mona Fastvold ... Sonia (as Mona Lerche)

Anthony Rapp ... Simon
Kendra Kassebaum ... Sharlese

Elizabeth Marvel ... Pia

Mary Joy ... Marilyn

Maria Dizzia ... Jaime Brennan
Ira Hawkins ... Businessman
Laura Odeh ... Waitress
Nicolette Hart ... Stripper
Dave Bradford ... Cabby

Daisy Tahan ... Emma
Susan Bruce ... Volunteer Janet
Lisa LeGuillou ... Organizer
Pat Goodwin ... Paramedic (as Patrick Goodwin)
Nikki Renee Daniels ... Nurse
Jordan Simmons ... Mother

Leslie Kritzer ... Paramedic #2

Natalia Volkodaeva ... Tatiana
Mark Gerrard ... Ben
Phil McGlaston ... Organzer #2
Owen Shaw ... Skating Boy
Susan Hogelin-Black ... Organizer #3
Doug Williford ... Carolyn's Dentist
Maureen Flynn ... Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gail Bruno ... Volunteer (uncredited)

Peter Conboy ... Volunteer Walker (uncredited)
Marcia Miller ... Danielle (uncredited)
Loukas Papas ... Luke Party Guest (uncredited)
Elana Simon ... Girl in Park (uncredited)

Tom Stratford ... Dad (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Roos 
Writing credits
Don Roos (screenplay)

Ayelet Waldman (novel "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits")

Produced by
Dan Bucatinsky .... executive producer
Carol Cuddy .... producer
Cassian Elwes .... executive producer
Lisa Kudrow .... executive producer
Marc Platt .... producer
Natalie Portman .... executive producer
Joseph P. Reidy .... co-producer (as Joseph Reidy)
Rena Ronson .... executive producer
Annette Savitch .... co-producer
Abby Wolf-Weiss .... executive producer
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Swihart 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Codron 
Casting by
Bernard Telsey 
Production Design by
Michael Shaw 
Art Direction by
Nithya Shrinivasan 
Set Decoration by
Carol Silverman 
Costume Design by
Peggy A. Schnitzer  (as Peggy Schnitzer)
Makeup Department
Robin Fredriksz .... makeup artist: Natalie Portman
Michael Kriston .... key hair stylist
Nicky Pattison .... key makeup artist
Lona Vigi .... hair stylist: Natalie Portman
Production Management
Carol Cuddy .... unit production manager
David Dresher .... post-production supervisor
Carla Raij .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maura Kelly .... dga trainee
Amy Lauritsen .... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
John Silvestri .... second second assistant director
Art Department
David Boyd .... charge scenic artist
Diana Burton .... property master
Bob Feltman .... on-set dresser
Michael Foster .... set dresser (as Mike Foster)
Amy Fritz .... art department coordinator
Ana Lombardo .... assistant property master
Michele Mayas .... on-set scenic artist
Heather Prendergast .... assistant set decorator
Sarah Riggs .... property assistant
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Michael Saccio .... set dresser
Joanna Tillman .... art department production assistant
Nick Torelli .... set dresser
Bryan Walsh .... leadman
Joel Weaver .... assistant property master
Liza Handziak .... lead scenic (uncredited)
Robert Ludemann .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic design (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Rich Crescenti .... adr recordist: New York
Neil Danziger .... boom operator
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richrd Dwan Jr.)
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Gary Macheel .... sound editor
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Teferra McKenzie .... sound utility
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Trevor Metz .... sound editor
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound mix recordist
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant (as Jim Wright)
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Phil Rosati .... sound utility (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Danny Albano .... digital visual effects: Technicolor Digital Services
Tom Burton .... visual effects supervisor: Technicolor Digital Services
Denise Decunzo .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Digital Services
Trey Freeman .... digital visual effects: Technicolor Digital Services
Julian MacDougald .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Digital Services
Aaron Benoit .... designer (uncredited)
Jill Brown .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Angela Bellisio .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James Boniece .... key rigging grip
Kelly Britt .... best boy electric
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Kate Butler)
Paul Candrilli .... best boy grip
Jack Coffen .... gaffer
Anthony DeFrancesco .... camera loader
John Gatland .... company grip
Shahen Guiragossian .... company grip
Craig Paul Harris .... company electrician (as Craig Harris)
Chris Henry .... company electrician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip (as Mitch Lillain)
Kevin Lowry .... company grip
Kevin Lowry .... grip
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... camera operator (as Alan Mehlbrech)
Tom Potoskie .... generator operator
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... generator operator
Joel Tishcoff .... rigging gaffer
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Robert White .... company electrician
Christopher F. Graneto .... grip (uncredited)
Emily Millay Haddad .... video playback operator (uncredited)
William MacGhee .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tiffany Little Canfield .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jennifer Sabel .... extras casting associate (as Sabel)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alex Bovaird .... costume coordinator
Trenee Clayton .... set costumer
Sandi Figueroa .... costume supervisor
Rebecca Hofherr .... assistant costume designer
Brittany Loar .... costume intern
Vern Malone .... set costumer
Olivia Mori .... assistant costume designer
Susan Bakula .... costume shop supervisor (uncredited)
Natasha Noor .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... colorist: dailies video
Colby Enders .... first assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Baber .... music editor
Ted Blaisdell .... music score mixer
Ted Blaisdell .... music score recording engineer
Danielle Dupre .... music assistant: Creative Control
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Brian H. Kim .... composer's assistant
Brian H. Kim .... musician: pianist
Stephanie Kremer .... general manager: music, Creative Control
María Medina .... music assistant: Creative Conrol
Tim Perrine .... music preparation
Rebecca Rienks .... assistant music supervisor: Creative Control
John Swihart .... score producer
Hyesu Yang .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Ernie Acquavella .... driver
John Canavan .... transportation co-captain
Kevin Harrigan .... driver
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation captain (as Gene O'Neill)
Steven Truckenmiller .... driver
Other crew
David Arnott .... background voice
Tamara Bally .... production accountant
Lloyd A. Bent .... parking production assistant (as Lloyd Bent)
Michael Braun .... production secretary
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Anne Carlisle .... set production assistant
Simon Cassels .... main title sequence designer
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... location manager
Cathy Cavadini .... background voice (as Catherine Cavadini)
Lyman Creason .... office production assistant
Ana Cuadra .... assistant location manager
Vicki Davis .... background voice
Robert Dawson .... main title sequence designer
John DeMita .... background voice
Judi M. Durand .... background voice (as Judi Durand)
Jonathan Ellis .... on-set medic
Catherine Feeny .... set production assistant
Rich Fellegara .... on-set medic (as Richard Fellegara)
Jeff Fischer .... background voice (as Jeffery Todd Fischer)
Amy Roos Flemming .... assistant: Mr. Roos (as Amy Flemming)
Peggy Flood .... background voice
Heather Gauntt .... location scout
Laurie Gershon .... clearance and product placement
Michael Golland .... legal services
Mark Hagerman .... production coordinator
Molly Hansen .... executive: Incentive
Barbara Harris .... background voice (as Barbara Iley)
Ande Hecht-Endewardt .... post production accountant: Production Accounting Services & Solutions (as Ande Hecht)
Courtenay Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Roos
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Joey Levy .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Noel Lohr .... executive: Incentive
Kool Marder .... executive: Incentive
Gary Martyn .... assistant production coordinator
Jeremy Maxwell .... background voice
Michael McGrail .... location production assistant
Maria Messina .... teacher: Charlie Tahan, On Location Education
Susan Muir .... completion bond guarantor
Susan Muir .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Incorporated
Sue Murphy .... post production accountant: Production Accounting Services & Solutions
Levi Nunez .... background voice
Kelly O'Bier .... second assistant accountant
Lee Ogle .... payroll accountant
Jason Pace .... background voice
Diane Pacheco .... post production accountant: Production Accounting Services & Solutions
Mark Padilla .... world sales executive
Paige Pollack .... background voice
Travis Rehwaldt .... set production assistant
Virginia Reilly .... first assistant accountant
Jennessa Rose .... voices
Brittany Rostron .... office production assistant
Joe Rynearson .... set production assistant
Julie Sage .... location coordinator
Steven Smith .... executive: Incentive
Allan Stearns .... caterer: Coast To Coast Catering
Joel Swetow .... background voice
Greg Wason .... production assistant
Andreana Weiner .... background voice
Conor Welch .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Ruth Zalduondo .... background voice
Mara Alcaly .... location scout (uncredited)
Kelley Beaman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Hong .... production assistant (uncredited)
Oliver Horovitz .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Brendan Kehoe .... location scout (uncredited)
Helena Kincaid .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ben Pomeroy .... production supervisor: Incentive Filmed Entertainment (uncredited)
Mike Reiersen .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Carlos David Rivera .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services (uncredited)
Kevin Rosenberg .... assistant: Mr. Platt (uncredited)
Sarah Kathryn Schmitt .... stand-in (uncredited)
Daryl Sledge .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... craft service: day player (uncredited)
Yorgo Stathopoulos .... location scout (uncredited)
Dara Wedler .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for sexual content and language
Canada:119 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:6 | Japan:G | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #45290)

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Jennifer Lopez was once attached to play the lead.See more »
Continuity: When snapping a picture of the newborn baby a flash can clearly be seen in the image, though no external flash is visible nor the internal flash from the Nikon camera.See more »
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References Jurassic Park (1993)See more »
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Love... and other impossible pursuits., 29 April 2011
Author: Rubens Junior from Brazil

Love And Other Impossible Pursuits (horribly changed to The Other Woman) is based on a best-seller novel of the same name by Ayelet Waldman.

In the movie, Emilia (Natalie Portman) is a young, happy, beautiful and notorious lawyer that falls in love with Jack (Scott Cohen) the man who left his first wife Carolyn (Lisa Kudrow) to marry Emilia and also give himself some new colors in life. Jack and Carolyn have a young boy, William (Charlie Tahan), which have some difficulties to accept Emilia as a new member of the family and is always influenced by his mother's tough thoughts and her lack of respect for Isabel's death, the child Emilia and Jack lost few days after her birth. Carolyn also doesn't accept the fact that her son will not have the paternal presence anymore but in the other hand can't handle Emilia's efforts to conquer William's appreciation because all her tries fails with unintentional careless attitudes.

The movie hides from the audience when, why or how Isabel died till the last moment to intensify dramatic moments and give time to plot developments, which works but some elements in the book aren't clear in the movie. The movie focuses her tough relationship with her stepson forgetting some of her problems about why she hates so much other places and people that surrounds her. Of course that we know that all her angry and hate are related to her loss, but seems like everything is just a result of her depression and not because all that she once loved remember somehow her child or her intense desires to be a perfect mother and wife with the man she loves deeply. And those are the other impossible pursuits the title talks about.

Don Roos is a great director who deals with the short thin line between human losses and the problems that come along with it, expressing human feelings in its real form never desperate to get tears from the audience with lame dramatic situations. His movies are always simple, linear and easy to understand but honest enough to make us considering how complex are human feelings and the relationship between them. That's how he succeeds with titles like his acclaimed breakthrough The Opposite Of Sex (1998) and the less known but equally good Happy Endings (2005). But here seems that things are sometimes superficial enough as an ordinary drama that succeeds but could give us a little more than is given. When everything seems simple enough suddenly he tries hard more than is concerned like the Freud-ish analysis using Oedipus parallels and relationship transferring, adding nothing solid to the plot more than a few minutes plus of some unnecessary composition.

Natalie Portman is great for sure, apathetic and cold as the character is even when sometimes her character's egocentrism and selfishness seems a little exhaustive. The same can be said about the other actors, specially Don Ross' longtime collaborator Lisa Kudrow, that once more gives some comedic situations to relieve some melodramatic sequences but suddenly is able to transform a funny performance into an absolutely emotional and delicate situation. The example of Kudrow's outstanding ability is obvious when she calls Emilia to explain the truth about Isabel's death. That scene is fantastic in its simplistic form and what give us reasons to watch Don Roos movies from the beginning to the end.

A beautiful movie, sometimes corny but effective in its purpose.

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