I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 PG-13 CC

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Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) manages the ultimate balancing act between work and her adoring family in this comedy based on the bestseller by Allison Pearson.

Starring:
Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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I Don't Know How She Does It

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Genres Comedy
Director Douglas McGrath
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan
Supporting actors Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, Olivia Munn, Jane Curtin, Mark Blum, Busy Philipps, Sarah Shahi, Jessica Szohr, Emma Rayne Lyle, Julius Goldberg, Theodore Goldberg, James Murtaugh, Mika Brzezinski, Eugenia Yuan, Joseph Amato, Michelle Hurst
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Overall, a movie that was too much of a chick-flick for me to get into.
Tony Heck
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.
ADRIENNE MILLER
I thought Sarah Jessica Parker was great & Pierce Brosnan was so classy!
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ADRIENNE MILLER on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NYC gal on April 7, 2012
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on 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 By A kids review on 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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