The Other Woman

February 4th 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 119 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, Lauren Ambrose, Scott Cohen, Anthony Rapp, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Marvel, Daisy Tahan, Debra Monk, Michael Cristofer, Tom Stratford, Mary Joy, Mona Lerche, Maria Dizzia, Kendra Kassebaum, Doug Williford, Jordan Simmons, Mark Gerrard
  • Director: Don Roos
  • Writers: Don Roos, Ayelet Waldman
  • Producers: Carol Cuddy, Marc Platt
  • Co Producer: Joseph P. Reidy
  • Executive Producers: Dan Bucatinsky, Noel Lohr, Natalie Portman, Rena Ronson
  • Art Direction: Nithya Shrinivasan
  • Costume Design: Peggy A. Schnitzer
  • D.O.P.: Steve Yedlin
  • Editor: David Codron
  • Makeup: Nicky Pattison
  • Music: John Swihart
  • Production Design: Michael Shaw
  • Set Decoration: Carol Silverman


Aspiring Lawyer Emilia Greenleaf (Natalie Portman) thought she knew what she wanted when she went after the sexy, married Senior Partner, Jack Woolf (Scott Cohen) . However, she didn't count on getting pregnant and married, and she certainly didn't plan on having to forge a relationship with her highly strung 5 year old stepson, William.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content and language
  • Production Companies: Incentive Filmed Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films, Is or Isn't Entertainment, Marc Platt Productions
  • Production Schedule: 10 November 2008 - January 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Starting out as a writer with the likes of "Single White Female" and "Boys on the Side", Don Roos hit the directing scene hard with 1998's wry and rich black comedy "The Opposite of Sex". Ever since then however he's been trying to match that success without much luck - giving us 2000's insipid "Bounce" and 2005's little seen "Happy Endings".

Though scoring his best notices since 'Sex', reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival in 2009 were still not exactly complimentary about the manipulative and conventional approach to this melodrama, though quite a few critics admitted that emotionally it still hit them where it hurts. Changing its title from "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" in certain countries, the film had difficulty finding distribution and ultimately sat on the shelf for over a year.

IFC Films picked it up and is granting it a limited platform release in the U.S. in a few weeks (though it's already available on certain V.O.D. services), mostly to cash in on Natalie Portman's Golden Globe win and likely Oscar win for her "Black Swan" work. It's a shame really as despite the mixed reviews, some calling it a well performed character drama and others a clumsy melodrama, it's a film that deserves more of a chance."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 28 October 2010: Russia
  • 11 November 2010: Ukraine
  • 24 November 2010: Kazakhstan
  • 20 April 2011: Spain