Based on the novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman, the movie stars Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow and Scott Cohen. Natalie Portman, as the other woman Emilia, has an affair with her boss Jack (played by Scott Cohen) who is unhappily married to Carolyne (Lisa Kudrow). Their affair leads to Emilia getting pregnant which also leads to Jack’s divorce and new marriage. Emilia loses her newborn only a couple of days after she was born. The movie revolves around Emilia and how she deals with the loss of her daughter and her relationship with her stepson.
The way she deals with the loss effects her marriage, where eventually the two split up. She’s hard on herself about the death because she thinks she was the reason why the baby died. As expected, Natalie Portman played her role very well. She was the heartbroken mother, the home-wrecker, and the evil stepmom in one.
I loved Stepmom with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, but in no way is this a comparison. The role of the stepmom is stereotypical – she’s evil. Example: Cinderella. In The Other Woman, Natalie Portman did play that evil step mom role, she pursued a married man and got him along with his baggage. In The Stepmom, the parents were already divorced when Julia Roberts character came in, and unlike Natalie Portman’s character, she tried very hard to please everyone especially the kids.
I don’t have a stepmom, so I can’t relate. It’s understandable to want your family intact, once it’s broken it’s hard on everyone, but sometimes it’s for the best.
I rate this movie 8/10.