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"I Don't Know How She Does It" (DVD) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Kate Reddy (Parker) devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard (Kinnear) and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo (Munn) fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Brosnan), who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.

Specifications

  • Weinstein Company
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 89 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • Widescreen
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn
  • Directed by Douglas McGrath
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Parker does a fairly good job as the stressed out mom who can do it all. Trouble is, the movies stresses the fact that you really can’t be a mom, wife, professional, traveler, etc.- I mean, somethings got to give and somethings going to suffer. Kinear plays a fine understanding spouse, but sort of wimps out and doesn’t put his foot down very often. Brosnan is showing signs of heavy mileage, but seems entranced by Parker. There are some good, honest insights into the lives of working moms, and of women trying to make it in a male-dominated field yet these insights get lost in an avalanche of cliches and stereotypes. In anycase, after a few funny situations, all is resolved in the end. This is a chick-flick, but not a totally lame one.

Technical

It is getting so that I can’t stand watching a DVD anymore. Remember when we thought DVD was the cat’s meow? Still, the picture looked pretty sharp with good color saturation and few artifacts. Sound was front heavy, but this is a “talky”, not an “action” film. Near the close of the movie, look for the “snow” falling on Parker and you’ll see that it is composed of not so subtle…soap bubbles. Oh my!

Extras

Audio commentaries from Douglas McGrath.