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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  16 September 2011 (USA)
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A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.

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A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual references | See all certifications »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,402,201 (USA) (16 September 2011)

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$9,639,242 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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This film marks the third collaboration between Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear, the first being 'The Matador' (2005) and the second being 'Salvation Boulevard' (2011). See more »

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When Kate is running late for work in the first 15 minutes, she leaves her daughter's school wearing beige heels with no stocking, while running, she is wearing black stockings with little heel booties, once she gets to work, she is in her beige heels again. See more »

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I don't care how she does it
6 November 2011 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

The paper-thin plot of this movie revolves around working mother Kate, juggling her way through life. It sounds dull and more appropriate for a sit-com – and definitely would be. I read that the script is based on a novel, which I am determined to ignore, especially after having seen the movie.

Kate is played by SJP, an actress who could easily be described as the female Tom Hanks – albeit slightly less talented. Her likability is enormous, but unfortunately her choice of roles very limited; in her repertoire there are only comedies, most of them remarkable failures at the box office. Her sidekicks in this movie are Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan, two good actors with a wider range, who play respectively her husband and a business associate. One wishes there was more of them on screen. Unfortunately we get plenty of SJP and of her friend played by Christina Hendricks. It could have been any other actress playing second fiddle to SJP, as poor Christina is used only to enunciate a string of questionable statements.

For a comedy there are very few laughers. Actually, none at all from me. The punch lines sounded tired and unfunny and the "real life" situations abused and stale: what about an envious colleague who would like to steal your glory? Or a supportive best friend with a lousy love life? Not to mention the neglected husband. All seen in a million other comedies, most of them better than this one.

The problem with this, and an increasingly larger number of movies, is that they are targeted to a very restricted public. This one is targeted strictly to 1) working mothers with young children, and 2) die-hard fans of SJP. I doubt anybody else will find it even mildly amusing, as it does not work at all as a comedy. Indeed, in the cinema where I saw it, even if the audience was mostly female, only a woman in her mid-thirties laughed out loud.


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