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I Don't Know How She Does It [Blu-ray] (2011)

Sarah Jessica Parker , Greg Kinnear , Douglas McGrath  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Christina Hendricks
  • Directors: Douglas McGrath
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UXUWTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Don't Know How She Does It [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks star in I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy from director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and producer Donna Gigliotti (The Reader, Let Me In). Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It follows a Boston-based working mother trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job.

Kate Reddy (Parker) devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard (Kinnear) and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison (Christina Hendricks) performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo (Olivia Munn) fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Brosnan), who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.

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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I have been such a huge fan of Sarah Jessica Parker since before it was fashionable (yes, I'm old enough to have watched Square Pegs in its original airing), but I wonder why she can't seem to pick a movie script lately that has half of the wit and intelligence of HBO's "Sex and the City." Even the "Sex and the City" movies (especially the second one) lacked the energy and humor of the TV series. "I Don't Know How She Does It" is just the latest unfortunate misfire. The well worn premise is so dated and tired, I don't even know where to begin. If you think that women working in the professional arena is a new or novel phenomenon, this movie might be for you with its antiquated ideas and expected punchlines. It has all the modernity of a Doris Day film with its insulting and old-fashioned notions. From the get-go, the movie lets us know that Parker is both a terrific mother and a fantastic career woman. Problem is--the screenplay really never makes the case that either of these points is true. Oh how can a woman possibly juggle a career and family? Apparently a lot of lying is the key--whether to the bake sale committee or to your boss, it's all the same and absolutely adorable!

Parker has a seemingly idyllic life with her husband (an underutilized Greg Kinnear) and two kids. She manages to be wildly successful at work even though she embodies every negative cliche about working mothers that you can possibly imagine. She shows up late, always has food stains on her clothes, is in perpetual disarray, and generally just bumbles about. That's okay, she's a mother (with a full time child care worker no less) so it's expected that she would be a harried mess.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MOMMY, I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BUILD A SNOWMAN January 30, 2012
Format:DVD
The movie irritated me with the over abundance of first person narration and asides. It appears this was written as a play and no knew how to adapt it to the screen. Character is not built for you, but is read to you. It is easy to figure out "how she does it:"

1) Super mom has better organizing skills than most people.
2) SJP has no trouble lying.
3) She takes short cuts.
4) SJP totes half of the world's possessions in her bag.
5) She has both an educated nanny and husband who support her.

That is how she does it.

Everyone in the movie will look into the camera and say "I don't know how she does it." SJP's character's name is "Kate REDDY." Get it? Her arch rival among the other mommies is Wendy BEST. These authors could write porno with imaginative names like that. We could name the husband "Richard Reddy" wink wink nudge nudge. Oh, they did!

Sarah is struggling to keep up with everything when her job requires her to travel from a Hollywood version of Boston (one where no one has an accent) to NYC even though they have wide screen teleconferencing. Her idea is to develop a retirement account for seniors built upon foreign high dividend paying stocks.

I wasn't able to laugh at this comedy. I found out that if a woman signs her e-mail "XO" that means "I want you to enter me" or for a guy, just the reverse. There are also the typical family disappoints due to work.

This is a "chick flick" for a married woman...the one that doesn't cheat on her husband with James Bond when she has the opportunity. Perhaps high octane working moms might enjoy this film as they are shown as incredible super heroes who strive for the heart warming ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been better. Just okay. April 30, 2012
Format:DVD
This a movie about a woman who overextends herself with her job and family life. She's got two little kids around ages 2 and 6. Her job isn't just any job, but a high powered money making position. I know women like this who somehow manage to balance it all running from place to place. I wonder how they get any sleep at night. They're certainly too busy to see this movie that seems to be about them. I don't have a fault with the plot or the actors. It was a watchable movie. The problem is that it was made as if it were a two hour long draining sitcom. Sarah Jessica Parker holds her own as the lead, but she seems to be playing a very famous character she's played before in the "Sex and the City" franchise. Only difference is, this is Carrie with kids, a high powered job, but the same Carrie voice over that wraps around the scenes through the film. The other issue is that I think this is a topic that's been covered a long time ago and better in films like "Baby Boom". I assumed that this topic has been do dated that you can't really spin the idea of women having a career and children. As far as I'm aware, most women now who are in it for their careers aren't interested in having children. At least the ones around me anyway. Wise choice. Unless you want two careers and no sympathy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Read the book and cried and cried. Mommy in the book does EVERYTHING wrong - is competitive with stay at home moms, doesn't ask husband to do anything, blurts out that her husband doesn't make much money, cheats on husband, has her baby sitter and cleaning lady boss her around, and SPOILER ALERT - QUITS WORKING like its something a heroine should do. As a working mother with high stress job and whining/fighting children dying for my attention, it was the most disappointing message ever.

This movie ending is much more palatable. But movie version really lost all the funny British humor and quotable lines from the book which actually read like a tragic/comedy to me, so 4 stars only. And yes, i can see what I look like to my colleagues at work now. I scratch my head sometimes wondering i have gotten lice too.

Anyhow, life goes on. Cheers to all moms out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dumb, Pierce saves it.
If Pierce Brosnan wasn't in this video it would have gotten negative stars. Unrealistic and Sarah Jessica Parker stinks in this movie. Pierce is the only thing that saves it.
Published 5 days ago by Jami Tipton
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Entertaining and light. I was engaged with the characters and saw the stresses of a working woman's life treated with humor including how it effects the family and friends. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Penny Robichaux-Koontz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It's a good de-stressor when you feel like you're the only one who has to deal with all the everyday demands of wife, mom, and employee, although not too realistic with the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Esther Parrenas
2.0 out of 5 stars Small minded stereo types were disappointing
This movie could have been an entertaining yet honest look at the struggles of the modern mother. While it has it's moments pointing out the discrepancy between the treatment of... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny for the modern woman
A really funny take on the modern woman's life. Sarah Jessica Parker does comedy angst very well. Even though I've never lived this sort of life, she makes it both believable and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by doodlebug
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
I love pretty much anything with Sarah Jessica Parker.
The movie was funny. You can always count on Amazon to have the great stuff!
Published 1 month ago by Kesha Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Know How She Does It
It's a cute movie about juggling motherhood, married life and full time work. In the end everything works out as usual.
Published 2 months ago by Myrna I. Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than book
Appreciated the change from the book, the movie version is much more productive and promising. In the book she gives up, but in the movie she stands up for what she needs.
Published 2 months ago by techiemom
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it seemed like it had dated stereotypes
But in her line of business, I could well believe the sexist stuff was happening. I'm the same age as SJP, and am also a working mother so it resonated well with me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LK
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect movie I totally relate to!
I LOVE this movie! So fun and a lot of truth that I totally relate to! I saw it first, but only a part of it, at my hair stylist house as I was getting my hair done. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura C
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