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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 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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(as Doug McGrath)

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(screenplay), (novel)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Chris Bunce
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Marla Reddy
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Lew Reddy
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Emily Reddy
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Opportunist Chris Bunce remains Pacific coast investment firm CEO Clark Cooper's favorite by being available always, also when he can snatch up deals Kate Reddy largely set up but lost giving priority to husband Richard and their kids. She gets a dream chance working for New York tycoon Jack Abelhammer, who proves most accommodating, amused by her faults, generous and able to sort of draw her back into enjoying life, so it looks like she'll have to choose when he offers her an investment fund partnership. Written by F Vissers

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Comedy | Romance

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

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16 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Não Sei Como Ela Consegue  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,402,201 (USA) (18 September 2011)

Gross:

$9,659,074 (USA) (20 November 2011)
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Trivia

The painting on the wall where they are in the restaurant having dinner is famous painter from the 80s. He was discovered Jean Michel basquiat. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Momo Hahn: I did have a fish once, but then he kept looking at me with these eyes, like, 'feed me!' So I flushed him.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.1 (2011) See more »

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Brand New
Written by Tim Myers
Performed by Lucy and the Cloud Parade
Courtesy of Palladium Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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461th Review: Decent enough script but miscast, the result is meh...
21 October 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Honestly, we kind of enjoyed this but by the end we were both agreed that this was good for TV but not really up to film standards - our conclusion was that SJP just doesn't have the presence to pull this off

  • she's a good ensemble actress, but on her own, as a star, carrying a
film? We just couldn't make that leap.

The script has some nice wry observations on marriage, career, and parenting but all-in-all this needs more wit and spark, more oomph. Most of the comedy came from the idea of sexual tension between SJP and Brosnan, and that's just cheap laughs.

This film is aimed firmly at women over 30 who either have to, want to, or who wish they didn't have to juggle children, career, and life. It is wryly amusing and observant occasionally, but there should be lots and lots more of that, the paucity of observation and the safe boundaries means it fails to create anything other than a very safe film that is mostly trite.

While it is admirable for having good strong female characterizations it fails really to go anywhere with it, and above all, SJP just does little to convince us that she's a star vehicle.

All in all, OK with a glass of chardonnay, pretty difficult without....


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