I Don't Know How She Does It
Sarah Jessica Parker will always be Carrie Bradshaw in our hearts and minds. We're still mourning the end of the Sex and the City TV series, and we're anxiously awaiting a third movie. In the mean time, we thought we'd check out Parker's newest chick flick, I Don't Know How She Does It. And we were pleasantly surprised. The story is one every woman is familiar with. Married or single, children or none, women are expected to be it all, and do it all: work, cook, clean, nurture, and be sexy. Well, okay...but how?
Parker is sensational as Kate Reddy, a successful businesswoman, and married mother of two (Greg Kinnear plays her sensitive and sexy bearded husband). Kate's life is a chaotic balancing act of caring for her children, spending time with her husband, keeping up with her home, keeping up with the non-working moms who hit the treadmill 5 days a week (in particular, blond beauty queen Wendy Best, played by Busy Philipps), and being the go-to yes-woman at the financial management firm she works for, where she never says no to a late night meeting or a last minute business trip. Understandably, Kate calls herself, The Juggler. "The inside of a working woman's head is like the control tower at O'Hare," she says wearily.
The rest of the cast is sensational too. There's a male co-worker, Chris Bunce, played by the hilarious Seth Myers from Saturday Night Live, who's after Kate's job. And there's an important client, Jack Abelhammer, played by the distinguished and hunky Pierce Brosnan, who's after Kate's body. Plus a gorgeous, younger, childless assistant named Momo, who reminds Kate on a daily basis that her hair is a mess, her purse is a mess, basically her entire life is a mess. Thankfully, Kate has a loyal best friend named Allison Henderson who keeps her sane, played by sassy redhead Christina Hendricks from Mad Men.
I Don't Know How She Does It is a fresh and funny feel-good movie that starts off unassumingly, the kind of innocent and charming film you can watch with a giggle here, and a smile there, as you think to yourself, "Mmmm, isn't this just a lovely little movie." Then suddenly it digs deeper, suddenly it gets better, and keeps getting better and better and better, pulling you toward the a-ha moment when Christina Hendricks' character looks directly into the camera and says with an empowered sparkle in her eye, "Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman." And that's when you sit up in your seat with the giddy realization that this movie is out to change the world just like S.
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