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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:
Olivia Munn, Sarah Jessica Parker
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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, but is read. 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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Brilliant story for any working mum. Nice to feel we are still normal. Fantastic. I've bought copies for loads of my friends. Everyone has raved over the realism of the storyline. We've all done some of the things SJP's character did - like the buying of the cake and passing it off as homemade!!!. Great purchase. My husband loved it too.
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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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My hubby got this DVD because he wanted to see this film a the pictures but working different he was unable to so when he saw it on here he could not wait to get it and watch it because he had heard so much about the film. So thank you for sending it before the date it should got to us. I have no problem with seller.
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