Directed by: Douglas McGrath
Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay), Allison Pearson (novel)
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammer
I don’t know how they did it.
Based on the 2002 novel by Allison Pearson, I Don’t Know How She Does Itmanaged to wrangle an A-list cast together – including the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, and Seth Meyers – for a cheesy comedy that under-uses every star’s talents. Sarah Jessica Parker, on the other hand, fits right into the lead role as Carrie Brad.. I mean, Kate Reddy – a mother of two/investment banker, trying to get her life sorted in between big responsibilities at home and in the office.
As her home life as a mother and wife begin to suffer as a result of her ambitions as a career woman, Kate not only juggles bake sales with business proposals, but also several important questions about her priorities in life.
Kate says that the secret to juggling motherhood and a big career is not in how you catch, but in how you throw. Throwing, and not catching, however, isn’t juggling. People get hurt that way. Poised to show some surprising tricks in juggling ideas on parenting, the modern mom, and women in the workforce, I Don’t Know How She Does It follows Kate’s advice and simply throws these provocative issues around without catching any of them properly. Without any original or thought-provoking insights, this flick feels outdated in the way it treats its comedy, subject matter, and story, as it simply skims the important issues and dives straight for the easy way out – one-liners, Carrie comedy, quick resolutions, and happy endings.