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The Other Woman 

Directed by Don Roos (Alliance)

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After two years on the shelf, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was renamed The Other Woman and fobbed into theatres (elsewhere) to capitalize on Natalie Portman’s Oscar win. Though more emotionally complex than Portman’s other spring releases, Your Highness and Thor, The Other Woman has no more reason to exist than either of those. A serviceable drama, it finds Portman as Emilia, recovering from the death of her child with her new husband (Scott Cohen, Lorelai Gilmore’s second-worst boyfriend), who she stole from Lisa Kudrow. Is it karma for what she did? Perhaps. The thing about Portman is that her beauty distracts from her acting, in which she picks one note and rides it. She’s not good enough to sustain the grieving wife. Kudrow, however, continues to be the most talented and diverse Friend, trading in her trademark loopiness for fluctuating bitterness. If you see this for any reason, it’s for her.

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