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An adaptation of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Ayelet Waldman's novel of Upper Manhattan entitlement and sanctimony, 2009's The Other Woman has been dusted off to capitalize on insatiable, inexplicable Natalie Portmania. Portman, who also executive-produced, stars as Emilia Greenleaf, the home wrecker of the title who becomes the second wife of Jack (Scott Cohen), a senior partner at the law firm where she works as an associate. Soon after they wed, their newborn dies, leaving Emilia to misdirect her grief while enduring both the neuroses of Jack's highly strung 8-year-old son, William (Charlie Tahan), and the fury of his ex-spouse, Carolyn (Lisa Kudrow). Director Don Roos, who also scripted, wobbles tonally, sometimes disastrously: A memorial walk in Central Park for those who've lost infants at first cruelly invites derision before being validated as healing, only to then spiral into petulant tears and recriminations. Though lazily mocking hyper-vigilant parenting, the film treats the moldiest clichés—"We all end up marrying our fathers anyway"; "It's the people who love you you're the hardest on"—as gospel.
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