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I Don't Know How She Does It
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:28

I Don't Know How She Does ItThe fact that I couldn’t even remember what film I was supposed to be reviewing might actually be a pretty good indication of my opinion of the film. Let’s call it a “capsule review”. What movie did I just watch? Oh yeah; the one with the mouthful of a title, I Don’t Know How She Does It; starring the actress with a mouthful of a name, Sarah Jessica Parker.

In I Don’t Know How She Does It, we get to revisit a very “Carrie” SJP as she slips back into the role of vivacious New Yorker hell bent on having it all - husband, kids, career; juggling them all while sprinting around the city streets in impossibly high heels. The major difference between SJP as Kate and as Carrie is the lack of fabulousness in her wardrobe.

Mr. Big? Not quite, but Kinnear's a keeper.Kate loves her hubby (Greg Kinnear) and kids, but work often takes her away from them – especially when she lands a major account as the finance exec for a wealthy businessman. All of a sudden she’s flying away every week and spending loads of time with rich and handsome Pierce Brosnan, while leaving her kids with a full-time nanny. Tragic isn’t it?

That’s at the heart of what makes this film kind of, well, unlikeable…  It suffers the same judgment we place on films like Eat, Pray, Love. Both are about highly privileged people who seem to have it all but just can’t be satisfied to enjoy life without striving for more and more. If I were in their shoes I’d put my pretty Louboutin’s up on my desk, look around my posh NYC office at the pictures of my family and think “Yeah, I’m doing alright” instead of running off in a million directions in search of a thicker wallet and more pats on the back.

The names Bond... Saving's Bond.To be fair, no matter what your walk of life unhappiness can settle in, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s character is trying make the best of both worlds. She’s really kind of likeable, mostly due to SJP’s bumbling, offbeat charms. Pierce Brosnan is the surprising heart of the film though, as a man who’s thrown himself into work to avoid any more broken hearts. He gives a very good performance. Greg Kinnear, on the other hand, is wasted in his role and spends his screen time looking disheveled and lost.

I Don’t Know How She Does It feels somewhat dated in its views of modern women. Not a complete waste of time, but not a very memorable movie either.


Directed by Douglas McGrath, Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear.

Based on the bestselling novel by Allison Pearson.

Sarah Jessica Parker will play another character named Kate in the upcoming film New Year’s Eve.