by Lorie Lewis Ham
Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.
If you’ve read enough of my reviews, you may have noticed I don’t tend to see many comedies, but when I saw the trailer for I Don’t Know How She Does It, I was intrigued. It didn’t look like a typical comedy so I decided to try it and I am glad that I did.
This movie follows the life of Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), a finance executive trying to balance a demanding career and family. Everyone around Kate is constantly wondering how she makes it all work with two small children. Her kindergarten age daughter doesn’t think she does make it work, as Kate is never there when she needs her and is always leaving for business travel.
At first, Kate seems to juggle everything okay, but then it all seems to unravel as her career takes a giant leap forward. Kate is married to a private contractor, played by Greg Kinnear, who is trying to get his own business off the ground making the situation even harder. Kate has a very driven assistant who doesn’t understand why Kate would even want to have a family; that storyline gets very interesting toward the end. To complicate things further, she finds herself in a difficult position with a very handsome, sophisticated coworker played by Pierce Brosnan—personally I’d have a hard time turning down Pierce Brosnan but I’ve been smitten with him since I was a teenager.
I went to see this movie with my two teenagers (a boy and girl) and they were a bit reluctant to go because they thought it looked boring. Well we were all surprised. This movie is a nice mix of real life drama and comedy and it’s very relevant to today’s world where women almost have to juggle it all for the family to survive, whether they are career minded or not. I think a lot of us have tried to pass off a store bought pie or cookies as our own at a school event—come on confess.
If you enjoy a nice mix of realistic family drama and comedy, I recommend this movie. We all enjoyed it. This movie was based on a book which I intend to track down and read.
I Don’t Know How She Does It is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.