I Don't Know How She Does It 2011

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Comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker as a careerist mother struggling to balance her work-life commitments. Kate Reddy (Parker) is a high-powered finance executive whose day job is almost as demanding as her two small children and her husband, Richard (Greg Kinnear), who she largely supports. Her duties as both mother and breadwinner are matched by those of her caustic friend, Allison (Christina Hendricks), and feared by her brilliant subordinate, Momo (Olivia Munn), who prefers to focus on her career and leave aside thoughts of marriage and children. As if Kate's life wasn't complicated enough, she finds herself handling a New York account that brings her into contact with Jack (Pierce Brosnan), a charmer who threatens to lead her astray...

Starring:
Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Greg Kinnear, Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Meyers
Director Douglas McGrath
Genres Drama, Comedy
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 6 February 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Greg Kinnear, Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Meyers
Director Douglas McGrath
Genres Drama, Comedy
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 6 February 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
An unfunny, insulting, horribly miscast mess of a film. No chemistry between any of the characters and a bland forgettable story leaves a very bitter taste in your mouth after viewing this clichéd film.

The biggest problem is the expectation for the audience to buy into Sarah Jessica Parker as the everyday Mum keeping a career going with a family to look after at home. The insult comes when it is apparent at the early stages of the film that she is not even any good at her job, then she suddenly gets whisked away on a crucial deal which could land the company millions! Where was the evidence she was capable of such a feat? Her mind is all over the place and she is constantly late to appointments and meetings. There are plenty of Mum's in this day and age that can juggle a family and career and many that have to do it out of necessity rather than choice. Yet here it feels like a selfish endeavour to be the best at everything and have one up on the other Mum's she comes into contact with. This is where the main problem lies. The situation is out of date. Life is not like this anymore.

The boring, predictable realisation that her work isn't everything and she wants to spend more time with her family couldn't have come quicker. Reading the blurb for the film, you could guess the outcome. This would not have needed to be a bad point if it had not have been handled so badly.

Kate is not a character you can root for and her husband is just as bland. There is no chemistry and little time spent on establishing each characters story apart from Kate. In fact there barely seems to be a story. Supporting characters come and go with no obvious benefit to the story apart from to have another face on screen.

Misjudged and badly executed, a film best avoided.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jax on 14 Feb 2013
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A friend told me this was a great movie. I was really disappointed and almost switched it off half way through.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suffolk on 26 Mar 2012
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Fantastic film. I love all SJP films so maybe biased. She is a fab actress and this film is one of her best. It's so funny. Excellent item for a girls night in with a bottle of wine and good friends. Very very highly recommend - suitable for most ages and hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 31 Jan 2014
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I confess I gave up on this with about 20 minutes to go. OK I'm probably not target demographic, but I can enjoy the odd romcom which I think is roughly what this was supposed to be, But it's short on both comedy and romance. If fact very little happens, relying to SJPs mugging to carry it along. It's done no favours by the Sex In the City style voice-over or the decision to have various supporting characters talk direct to camera rather than interacting with each other.

Without merit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 8 Jan 2014
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Don't even watch this, let alone buy it. Its boring and rubbish. Storyline almost made me fall asleep !! BLAH
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mitsie on 4 Aug 2013
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I think we saw the best bits in the trailer. Watchable, good acting, but did not hold our attention all through
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on 3 Aug 2013
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As we all are in this day & age, Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a working mum trying to find that balance between the work & home lives. It's an average rom-com, if a little predictable in places. I couldn't warm to SJP as Kate because I think in my head she's still Carrie Bradshaw. The Carrie style voiceover in the film didn't help matters either. Christina Hendricks as Kate's friend Allison was fab & I would liked to have seen more of her.
It's a good watch for a night in where you don't want something too taxing; we had it for a girlie night with takeaway & a few drinks & it worked just fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 1 April 2013
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I expected it to be a lot better but was not yo bad postage was alright but not great as came 2 days after expected.
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