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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

Sarah Jessica Parker , Greg Kinnear , Douglas McGrath  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn
  • Directors: Douglas McGrath
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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 (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UXUWOW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Don't Know How She Does It" on IMDb

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The archetypal single gal from Sex and the City dives into family life in I Don't Know How She Does It. Kate Reddy, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, could easily be Carrie Bradshaw's alternate life: a rising finance analyst, Kate feels guilty for short-changing her husband (Greg Kinnear) and two children. When she gets the opportunity to work with a high-powered exec (Pierce Brosnan), the already tense family relationship gets stretched to the breaking point and Kate has to make some hard choices. I Don't Know How She Does It is pure formula, but executed well. The entire cast (also including Christina Hendricks as a single-mom best friend, Kelsey Grammer as an overbearing boss, Seth Meyers as a sniping rival, and a scene-stealing Olivia Munn as Kate's assistant) play their parts with skill, while Parker's rapport with Kinnear is particularly warm and persuasive. Moreover, you have to admire the sheer chutzpah of hammering home political points about double standards in the workplace and then delivering a fairy-tale ending. Men have realized the importance of family over work in dozens upon dozens of cookie-cutter heartwarming flicks; apparently it's time that women got the opportunity to do the same. No doubt this signifies some important cultural shift; college theses are waiting to be written about it. --Bret Fetzer

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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 47 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I like it! March 31, 2012
Format:DVD
I Don't Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker is a cute movie but apparently from the other reviews, I'm the only one who thinks that! Yes, there are some stereotypes of mothers and businessman but overall...I thought this movie was funny, sweet, and had a lot of entertainment quality. Parker is such a talented actress, she is so down-to-earth but slightly neurotic as Kate, a mother of two who has a very demanding job. I thought Greg Kinnear was underused but I would definitely see this movie again, it has a lot of funny, real-to-life moments. Enjoy!
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Know How She Does It February 1, 2012
Format:DVD
Writer/director Douglas McGrath has got a couple of good ones on his resume, but his first film in five years was not a welcome return for him. Banking on the star power of Sarah Jessica Parker, coming off the second Sex and the City movie, I Don't Know How She Does It purports itself to be a comedy about a working mother named Kate Reddy who has it all, but must learn how to balance her career, her marriage, and her children. Unfortunately, I didn't really seem to care much about how Kate did it, as the film teetered hesitantly between comedy and drama and relied on hopelessly outdated viewpoints on gender to deliver its message. Despite a supporting cast that included the likes of Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, and Christina Hendricks, I Don't Know How She Does It is probably best suited as entertainment for those who are looking for just a small taste, just one more fix, of Sarah Jessica Parker in full-on, Sex and the City Carrie mode.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny, but kind of silly in spots!
Published 7 days ago by H.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun.
Girlfriend loved this.
Published 15 days ago by Killala
1.0 out of 5 stars Never heard of this. I did not buy it ...
Never heard of this. I did not buy it.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying. Exaggerated. Tedious.
I should have listened to my instinct - to steer clear based on the title alone. Dreadful waste of time. Excruciating to watch. Felt like it would never end.
Published 22 days ago by María Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 1 month ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was as described... delivery was on time... properly boxed..
Just have not watched movie. yet...
Published 2 months ago by lalaw
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 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Jenn
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