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The Other Woman (2009)

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (original title)
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The story of a woman dealing with her daughter's death while trying to keep her marriage and her relationship with her stepson.

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(screenplay), (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emilia Greenleaf
... Jack
... Carolyn
... William
... Mindy
... Sheldon
... Laura
... Sonia (as Mona Lerche)
... Simon
Kendra Kassebaum ... Sharlese
... Pia
... Marilyn
... Jaime Brennan
... Businessman
Laura Odeh ... Waitress
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The story of a woman dealing with her daughter's death while trying to keep her marriage and her relationship with her stepson.

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Love makes everything possible.

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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28 October 2010 (Russia)  »

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17 Photos of Isabel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,224, 6 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,585, 27 February 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Lopez was once attached to play the lead. See more »

Goofs

When Emilia and William are at the diner and Emilia asks the woman with the baby at another table how old the baby is, the woman answers, "Seven weeks; December 26." So the scene takes place in mid-February. When Emilia and William are shown leaving the diner in the next scene, the street trees in the background have mature green leaves, typical of summer. Deciduous street trees in New York City have no leaves in mid-February. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.5 (2011) See more »

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LEGS AWAY
Written by Ryan Guldemond
Performed by Mother Mother
Published by OLE & LAST GANG PUBLISHING (RED CAPE SONGS ASCAP)
Courtesy of LAST GANG RECORDS
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It could have been so much more...
30 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

"The Other Woman" or "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" as it is called, is labeled as a comedy and drama? Comedy? Are you kidding me? The movie is pretty far from being funny. A drama, yes. But comedy? No way...

The story told in the movie is about Emilia having to come to terms with being the stepmother to William, a rather unique child. But at the same time she is struggling with the trauma of having lost her child, a rocky marriage to Jack and having to take the verbal beatings of his ex-wife Carolyne. The movie deals with a lot of good subjects, matters that are close to heart and real life. However, sadly enough, it never really fully delves into these matters, it is just superficially touched. And that is a terrible shame, because the movie had potential to become a very touchy and heartfelt movie. Instead it just came out as a superficial, shallow movie that wanted too much but delivered too little.

As for the cast in the movie, well they had some really good names on the list, lots of good actors and actresses. Natalie Portman portrays Emilia in a very good way, and you do buy into her performance, except for the crying scenes, they were just not sinking in, they didn't work at all. Lisa Kudrow did a good job as Carolyne (Jack's ex-wife), however, Kudrow is still stuck with the Phoebe Buffay image, so it was casting a big shadow over her, unfortunately. Charlie Tahan did a marvelous job in portraying the troubled boy William. And he was perhaps the most memorable of all in the movie.

This movie had potential to be great, but it failed to deliver, and that was a shame. When the movie was over, I was left with a thought saying "was that really it?". I was disappointed in how the movie dealt with the deep matters that were part of the storyline. And as such, I am only rating the movie a 4 out of 10. The superficial nature of the movie drags it way down, but the solid performances of the cast manages to make the movie bearable to sit through.

Sadly, this movie was not all it could have been...


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