A Good Woman ★½

Astonishingly inept Wilde adaptation muddles the play's mordancy and pathos, leaving only a vaguely bitchy abstraction. A good performance from Tom Wilkinson momentarily distracts from a game but miscast Helen Hunt, who's far too cheerily anodyne to convince as a complicated lady of seductive mystery. Meanwhile, Johansson gawkily misreads her character's supercilious priggishness as a high school freshman's sullen vulnerability, rendering the underlying psychological drama inert. Connoisseurs of prestige picture decolletage may find some momentary pleasures here, but director Mike Barker is so drearily tasteful that he either avoids or bungles the anticipated glamor shots that might have granted the enterprise some measure of lurid vitality.