I don’t know if I quite have a girl-crush on Natalie Portman or not. Sure, I’ve written about her every bloody day since I was mesmerized by Black Swan, but her new film looks lovely, as well. My problem with it is the casting of Lisa Kudrow. I realize a whole lot of y’all LOVE you some Kudrow, but she will always–repeat–ALWAYS be Phoebe Buffay from Friends. Always. Am I coming in clear? Yes. It’s harsh, but maybe if she changed her look a bit and her cadence, I would give Lisa half a chance.
Anyway. The Other Woman is partly a bit grim in content. If you don’t want to know the full synopsis, just watch the trailer…
Release Date: February 4, 2011
Plot Summary: The radiant Natalie Portman (“Closer,” “Black Swan”) lights up the screen in this frank, funny, and heart-wrenching adaptation of bestselling author Ayelet Waldman’s novel about life, loss, and family directed by Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex,” “Happy Endings”).
Emilia (Portman) is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen, “The Understudy”), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss — and married — when she began working at his law firm. Unfortunately, her life takes an unexpected turn when Jack and Emilia lose their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her new stepson William (Charlie Tahan, “I Am Legend”), but is finding it hard to connect with this precocious child. Perhaps the most difficult obstacle of all for Emilia is trying to cope with the constant interferences of her husband’s angry, jealous ex-wife, Carolyn (Lisa Kudrow).”
Am I just being crabby about Lisa?