Saturday, March 31, 2012

Movie Review: I Don't Know How She Does It

Movie Blurb: 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.

Review: First let me say that I would never pay to see a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker, at least not full price at a theater. Now a $1.27 for a Redbox rental, that I'd do, especially when the movie has eye candy in the form of Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan.

The movie is based on the book by Allison Pearson, which I haven't read yet. Why? Because I prefer to give the movie a chance. I'd rather watch first and be disappointed later.

This is billed as a comedy, but for the most part, I didn't feel like it was. Sure there were some funny parts, but this is nothing that is going to make you laugh out loud. It is humorous though, and most women who juggle family and a career will identify with Parker's character.

Life just isn't easy for a working mom in a high powered job. Heck, life isn't easy for anyone.

You really want to hate Kate going into this film, because even though her life is messy, things turn out great for her. She lands new accounts, she gets a gorgeous new business associate that would be temptation for any woman, and he attempts to declare love for her. (And she turns him down because she loves her husband! Without a real hint of an affair)

So yeah, this isn't your typical movie. It has some family values going on. I don't think I would have had any values if Pierce Brosnan said he was attracted to me!

It is definitely a chick flick, so please don't foist this on your guy, he'll hate it. There's nothing in it for him, unless he has the hots for SJP.

This is the perfect girls night movie. Get out the fuzzy bathrobe and pop some corn!

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