Don't Know How She Does It
I think I had the same reaction when I realized Sarah Jessica Parker
scored the starring role in this movie.
Parker stars as Kate Reddy - a hardworking investment fund manager and
mother of two who always burns the candle at both ends. Between
constant business travel, bake sales, doctor appointments and more,
Kate is at her wits' end. Of course, it is about to get worse.
Kate's latest proposal has caught the attention of the company's
bigwig, Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), and this could be the biggest
break of her career. With all of the extra work, her hubby's (Greg
Kinnear) new project demanding more of his time at work and a daughter
(Emma Rayne Lyle) who wants to spend more time with Mommy, Kate might
have met her match.
Can Kate continue to be SuperWoman?
I Don't Know How She Does It feels like a
movie that should have been made 20 years ago. They treat working women
with families like some sort of newly discovered species, when they
have become the norm. Writer Aline Brosh McKenna (based on the novel by
Allison Pearson) and director Douglas McGrath constantly have the other
characters speaking documentary-style to the audience as if they are
beings straight out of an Ozzie and Harriet world where people don't
have to struggle with these commitments, pressures and juggling of work
and home. Plus, let's start asking how she does it when she is a single
mom with three kids, 10% of the income and no full time nanny. This is
where the movie loses us.
Sure, the audience is going to feel some sympathy for Kate and see some
similarities between their lives and hers when it comes to the hard
decisions that need to be made, and the way she is torn between family
and work, but I Don't Know How She Does It is a bland movie
without any emotional punch or comedy zip. McGrath and McKenna are
going through the predictable motions without adding any depth. The
fights between Kate and the husband are contrived. The inevitable big
sappy speech where Kate declares what is truly important says nothing
Kinnear, Parker, Brosnan, and the rest of the cast admirably give it
the old college try, but Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Meryl
Streep, Al Pacino, Orson Welles and Lawrence Olivier couldn't elevate
this material beyond passable levels.
I Don't Know How She Does It is rated PG-13 for
sexual references throughout