"Coping with Tragedy"
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THE OTHER WOMAN stars Natalie Portman as Emilia, a young woman who goes to work for Jack, a handsome and talented, yet very married, lawyer. A work-related case sends them out of town, Emilia seduces Jack. Soon after, Emilia is pregnant. Jack divorces his wife and marries Emilia. However, three days after their daughter is born, the baby dies. Now, Emilia must keep her new marriage alive while she mourns her daughter’s death and deals with her husband’s vindictive ex-wife.
Based on a sordid novel, THE OTHER WOMAN is well told. It has some very emotional scenes and gripping, character-driven drama. The performances are solid, particularly by Natalie Portman. All that said, the movie has a strong, mostly mixed pagan worldview with a lot of politically correct, feminist statements about abortion. There are also strong elements of false religion, including Buddhism and reincarnation. All in all, though THE OTHER WOMAN works well, dramatically speaking, it contains plenty of lewd, false content that will lead people astray, theologically and morally. Moviegoers have many stronger, more positive choices at movieguide.org to choose from in their search for wholesome, quality entertainment.
(PaPa, FRFR, PCPC, H, Fe, Ev, Ab, Ho, LL, V, SS, NN, A, D, MMM) Strong, mostly mixed pagan worldview with strong elements of false religion as child studies various religions in school and says he wants to be a Buddhist and references to reincarnation as well as false views represented about the Jewish religion, several politically correct, humanist feminist statements about abortion, fetuses versus children although a woman who lost her child prematurely in the womb still mourns her unborn child, one comment about the Big Bang being older than the Bible, some anti-biblical content includes person mentions they do not believe in angels, and one homosexual character; 13 obscenities, six profanities; light violence includes woman falls and twists her ankle and a boy falls while ice-skating, and a flashback reveals that a newborn dies in her mother's arms; strong sexual content includes depicted adultery, adulterous kissing, married kissing, depicted married sex; side female nudity, upper male nudity, and woman’s bare back shown; champagne and beer at a party; smoking; and, lying, vindictive ex-wife, cheating, jealousy, depression.
THE OTHER WOMAN stars Natalie Portman as Emilia, a young woman grieving the death of her newborn baby while trying to navigate her difficult relationships with her new husband, his bitter ex-wife and her disengaged stepson.
From the first day Emilia went to work as an assistant for Jack, a handsome and talented, yet very married, lawyer, she had her eyes on him. When a work-related case sends them out of town, Emilia seduces Jack. Soon after, Emilia is pregnant. Jack divorces his wife and marries Emilia. However, three days after their daughter is born, Jack and Emilia’s baby dies.
Now, Emilia must deal with a vindictive ex-wife who continually undermines Emilia’s relationship with her stepson while also mourning the death of her daughter and struggling to keep her new marriage alive.
THE OTHER WOMAN is well told. It has some very emotional scenes and gripping, character-driven drama. Natalie Portman is solid. Lisa Kudrow, who plays Jack’s ex-wife, is a little flat in her character development, but her harshness is a good dichotomy to Emilia’s emotionalism. Jack and his son, Emilia’s stepson, both deliver good performances, and the movie is a solid drama.
That said, the movie has a strong, mostly mixed pagan worldview with a lot of politically correct, even negative feminist statements about fetuses versus born children as well as a negative, false view of some aspects of the Jewish faith as well as positive portrayals of abhorrent Buddhist and other false religions and reincarnation. The movie also has some sexual content, including a depicted adulterous affair, and features characters who never look for redemption from their sins. All in all, even though THE OTHER WOMAN works well, dramatically speaking, there are much better movies out there with stronger, more positive moral content that will stir emotions just as, if not more, effectively.