Monday, February 3, 2014

I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011) [PG-13] ***


Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker) is an overworked mutual fund manager at the Boston office of a New York investment banking firm. Her husband, Richard (Greg Kinnear) is an architect who's recently started his own firm and is having trouble attracting clients. And they have two young children, Emily and Ben. Kate is the classic supermom, attempting to juggle her roles as wife, lover, mother and breadwinner. She understands that the key to juggling is not catching, but throwing, and she's having trouble keeping all the balls in the air, even with her supportive husband, her brilliant, hardworking assistant Momo (Olivia Munn) and her talented babysitter. When Kate gets a brilliant idea for a new mutual fund specializing in high-yield stocks, and designed to appeal to retirees, her boss Clark (Kelsey Grammer) suggests she pitch the idea to executive VP Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan) in the firm's New York HQ. Jack likes the idea, with the result that Kate ends up spending a lot of time working on the project in Boston with Momo, and in New York with Jack, to the detriment of her relationships with her husband and children.

The film features a sharp, funny screenplay by the talented Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, Morning Glory, We Bought a Zoo), and great performances by the leads and supporting cast, especially Parker, Brosnan, Kinnear, Munn and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) who plays Kate's supportive friend Allison. The film is realistic and insightful, without becoming tedious or preachy. Although panned by film critics and viewers alike, if you enjoy the work of any of the leads, or you like family films dealing with real-world problems and set in an urban environment, I predict you will enjoy I Don’t Know How She Does It. 


[Blogger's rating: *** out of 5 stars]

Label: comedy 
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 38/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=40, viewers=56)    
Blu-ray

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