I Don't Know How She Does It stars
Jessica Parker as Kate Reddy - a professional with large career stakes
large responsibilities. Oh, and she also has a loving husband named
Kinnear) with whom she has two kids. The main question behind the
How exactly does she manage it all? Work
and Family are big commitments and the film aims to examine the
that it is for professional women who also want to be there for their
is an even greater commitment for anyone to have).
gets a big promotion opportunity when she is
given the chance to pitch one of her ideas to the hugely successful
(Pierce Brosnan). This brings some new
difficulties to her home-life as she begins working late with
between business meetings and family commitments becoming a regular
This does cause some tension between her
and her husband (who seems especially unhappy with her visiting Mr.
for all of her meetings). Kate is determined to make her ideas be
rightfully so, as she is an intelligent woman with large ambitions. The
she is doing is giving her a chance to do what she wants professionally
is the result of her hard work and determination. Yet could there be
between Kate and Jack? Jack does seem to give some signals to indicate
might like her beyond being an intelligent business partner.
manages to avoid all of the typical
pitfalls of standard romantic comedy fare and is actually a bit more
original than expected. One of the best elements was how it had a
style approach to many sequences (where characters are interviewed
scenes provide some of the most humorous elements of the film.
Jessica Parker continues to do what she does
best: remain a likeable and fascinating on-screen presence. Greg
Pierce Brosnan give strong supporting performances that represent the
different aspects of Kate's life (business and home). Both Christina
(Mad Men) and Olivia Munn deliver excellent supporting performances as
and they both manage to be scene-stealers that add an extra dimension
the overall story doesn't captivate as much as
the characters and actors do this is still an interesting film that
be more entertaining than expected. The biggest faults may be a
conclusion and the fact that the film sometimes seems to consider
funnier than it actually is. Yet this well-meaning and nicely crafted
more to offer in the positive sense and is worth seeing for those
moviegoers who thought this looked a tad adventurous and even
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.