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I Don't Know How She Does It -- A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who juggles a busy schedule where she's a mother of two, a wife, and the breadwinner for her family.
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Sarah Jessica Parker ... Kate Reddy

Pierce Brosnan ... Jack Abelhammer

Greg Kinnear ... Richard Reddy

Christina Hendricks ... Allison Henderson

Kelsey Grammer ... Clark Cooper

Seth Meyers ... Chris Bunce

Olivia Munn ... Momo Hahn

Jane Curtin ... Marla Reddy

Mark Blum ... Lew Reddy

Busy Philipps ... Wendy Best

Sarah Shahi ... Janine LoPietro

Jessica Szohr ... Paula

Emma Rayne Lyle ... Emily Reddy
Julius Goldberg ... Ben Reddy
Theodore Goldberg ... Ben Reddy

James Murtaugh ... Roger Harcourt
Mika Brzezinski ... Herself

Eugenia Yuan ... Jack's Receptionist

Joseph Amato ... I / T Guy

Michelle Hurst ... Nurse
Beth Fowler ... Clark's Secretary

Michael Hogan ... Bowling Alley Clerk

Marceline Hugot ... Beth

Steve Routman ... Marcus

Raymond McAnally ... Roy

Katie Hyde ... Organic Mom (as Katie Hyde Lewars)

Robbie Sublett ... Dad

Natalie Gold ... Young Mother with Cell Phone

Lorna Pruce ... Woman in Bowling Alley
Jacob Alexander ... Towncar Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephanie Atkinson ... Boston Pedestrian (uncredited)
Ian Bonner ... Boston Cabbie (uncredited)

Jodie Brunelle ... Businesswoman (uncredited)

Erica Cho ... Dana the Intern (uncredited)

Mike DiGiacinto ... Bunce's Friend (uncredited)

James Ecklund ... Jimmy (uncredited)

Timothy Finch ... Jon (uncredited)
Shawn Fogarty ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Victor Franko ... Businessman (uncredited)

London Hall ... Business Woman (uncredited)

Rosemary Howard ... Boston Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jeffery Kincannon ... Friend (uncredited)

Ren Knopf ... Businessman (uncredited)

Sal Lizard ... Santa (uncredited)

Benjamin Lott ... Passerby (uncredited)

Ron Maestri ... Grey Haired Passerby (uncredited)
Jeremy McLain ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Mark J. Parker ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tyler Rumsey ... Bowler (uncredited)
Chuck Slavin ... Bostonian (uncredited)

Aingea Venuto ... Little Girl in Park (uncredited)
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Directed by
Douglas McGrath  (as Doug McGrath)
Writing credits
Aline Brosh McKenna (screenplay)

Allison Pearson (novel)

Produced by
Aline Brosh McKenna .... executive producer
Scott Ferguson .... executive producer
Donna Gigliotti .... producer
Matt Landon .... co-producer (as Matthew Landon)
Allison Pearson .... co-producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Stuart Dryburgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Camilla Toniolo 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Doug Huszti 
Set Decoration by
Regina Graves 
Matt Perry Thomas 
Costume Design by
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... makeup artist: Ms. Parker
Kat Drazen .... key hair stylist (as Katherine Difulvio)
Lori Hicks .... makeup department head
Sheri Kornhaber .... key makeup artist
Jill Oshry .... key makeup artist
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair department head
Mark Schmidt .... co-key hairstylist
Mark Schmidt .... hair department head: Boston unit
L. Sher Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Holly S. Rymon .... assistant production manager
Jeff Valeri .... production supervisor: second unit
Thomas J. Whelan .... unit production manager: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Marcos González Palma .... additional second assistant director
Deanna Leslie .... key second assistant director
Matthew Mason .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Bobby Anderson .... picture car coordinator
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter
Jenn Bubka .... set dresser
Anna Butwell .... props
Kyung W. Chang .... assistant art director
Michael Consolmagno .... set dresser
Brandon Cook .... set dresser
Tracy Crim .... scenic artist
Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini .... production designer: additional photography
Lauren Favelson .... shop manager
Shannon Finnerty .... prop buyer
Sheyam Ghieth .... art department coordinator
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic chargeperson
Eric Helmin .... graphic designer
Connor Jones .... art department assistant
Carrie Leigh .... art department coordinator
Erik Malkovich .... additional on-set dresser: Boston
Ann Durnin Mckendry .... set dresser
Ann Miller .... property master
Catherine Miller .... props
Laura Nemesi .... assistant set decorator
Ashanti Ngozi .... art department production assistant
Joseph S. Patire .... shop craftsman
Ronnie Petagna .... head carpenter
Hunter Popalis .... set decorating assistant
Blythe R.D. Quinlan .... assistant art director
Bridget Rafferty .... production assistant
Kevin L. Raper .... additional graphic artist
Emma Madeline Ross .... art department coordinator: additional photography
Andrew Rossig .... key construction foreman
Courtney Schmidt .... assistant property master
Diana Shaller .... scenic artist
Marina Starec .... set decorator: additional photography
Meaghan E. Stone .... props
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Gregg Baxter .... supervising sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Day .... sound mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Dan Edelstein .... sound editor
Dann Fink .... adr group coordinator
James Gallivan .... additional audio
Dror Gescheit .... machine room operator
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Kyle D. Krajewski .... sound recordist
Avi Laniado .... Sound Engineer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Allen Lau .... assistant sound editor
George Leong .... boom operator
David Marcus .... assistant sound editor
Tony Martinez .... supervising dialogue adr editor
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Richard Murphy .... utility boom
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Myron Nettinga .... supervising sound editor
Jen Ralston .... adr editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Jacob Ribicoff .... dialogue editor
Pernell L. Salinas .... first assistant sound editor
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Eric Strausser .... second assistant sound editor
Mike Szakmeister .... dialogue editor
Daniel Ward .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Jeff Brink .... special effects supervisor
Doug Facciponti .... special effects technician
Shane Gross .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Seth Brower .... compositor: Look FX
Manda Cheung .... digital compositor
Leslie Chung .... digital compositor
Steve Dellerson .... executive producer
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects executive producer
Wendy Garfinkle .... visual effects producer
Mikyoung Hahm .... compositor
Mathew Krentz .... digital supervisor
Matt Kushner .... visual effects coordinator: LOOK Effects
Morgan Miller .... digital imaging
Uros Otasevic .... visual effects artist
Kammie Rivera .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Dan Schrecker .... visual effects supervisor
Greg M. Silverman .... digital compositor
Ben Sumner .... digital compositor
Mani Trump .... digital compositor
Andy Cheng .... stunts
Dina L. Margolin .... stunts (stunt double)
John Vincent Mason .... stunt driver
Kevin Rogers .... stunts
Brian Smyj .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Tristan Allen .... grip
Bill Almeida .... gaffer
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
John Billeci .... rigging best boy electric
Craig Blankenhorn .... still photographer
Paul Candrilli .... best boy grip
Marcel Ciurea .... grip
Paul Colangelo .... first assistant camera (second unit)
Ralph G. Crowley .... generator operator
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gavin Fernandez .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Samuel G. Friedman .... lamp operator
John Gatland .... grip
Eric Gearity .... key rigging grip
Timothy Healy .... rigging electrician
Chris Hensel .... grip
Chris Hensel .... rigging grip
Abi Iverson .... electrician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer
Kevin Lowry .... b dolly grip
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Camilo Mendoza .... camera production assistant: reshoots
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: b camera and steadicam
John S. Moyer .... camera operator: "b" camera
John S. Moyer .... steadicam operator
John O'Malley .... lamp operator
Michael Papadapolous .... lamp operator
Michael Peterson .... lighting technician: Boston Crew
Noah Prince .... lamp operator
Guillaume Renberg .... libra head operator
Peter Russell .... best boy electric
Daniel Salk .... video assist
Patrick Shelby .... grip
Adam Smelin .... video assist: additional photography
Darrin Smith .... basecamp generator operator
Warren A. Weberg .... best boy grip: Boston
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jolanda Anthony .... extras casting associate
Henry Russell Bergstein .... casting associate (as Henry Russell)
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: los angeles
Jennifer Ensworth .... extras casting assistant
Jamie Jacobson .... child extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... set costumer (re-shoots) (as May Elbaz)
Meghan Corea .... costume coordinator
Linda Giammarese .... additional costumer
Joseph La Corte .... costumer: Ms. Parker
Alex McBean .... costume assistant
Winsome G. McKoy .... set costumer
Kathy Pritt Price .... tailor
Elizabeth Shelton .... associate costume designer
Hartsell Taylor .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Brian Bautista .... assistant editor
Ernest Leif Boyd .... first assistant editor
Pete Conlin .... post production
Katie Ennis .... edit room assistant
Cristina Esteras-Ortiz .... dailies producer
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Samantha Uber .... digital intermediate editor
Michael J. Wechsler .... assistant editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Music Department
Celeste Chada .... music clearance and licensing
Richard Glasser .... executive in charge of music
Richard Glasser .... soundtrack album producer
Richard Glasser .... soundtrack songs producer
Patrick Kirst .... additional orchestrator
Angie Rubin .... music editor
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Michael Stern .... music scoring mixer
Libby Umstead .... music coordinator
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programming
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Joshua Winget .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Brian Lieberz .... transportation
Other crew
Liz Adams .... production assistant
Daniel Altieri .... payroll assistant
Eric Altieri .... production assistant
Stephen Belmont .... production assistant
Paul Bischot .... first assistant accountant
Bruce A. Block .... creative consultant
Daryl Blonder .... film runner
Kate Bolger .... production assistant (as Katherine Bolger)
Nick Bommer .... payroll accountant
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... location manager: additional photography
Christina Chow .... production assistant
Morgan Collins .... production assistant (as Morgan P. Collins)
Melodie Courtney .... studio teacher
George Daratany .... production assistant
Benjamin C. Dewey .... location manager: Boston
Raphael Di Febo .... art departmnet assistant
Roger Dillingham Jr. .... set medic: Boston
Scott Ferlisi .... assistant location manager
Megan Foerster .... assistant location manager
Ethan Fox .... key craft service
Erick Freitas .... production assistant
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant
Jill S. Goldberg .... production assistant
Jacob Head .... adr/voice talent
Takina Holloman .... assistant production office coordinator
Lori Hornung .... production coordinator: Boston
Michelle Israel .... set production assistant: first team
Alexis Johnson .... location coordinator
Justin Kron .... location assistant
Gianna LePera .... adr voice
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel
Nyna Lyle .... acting coach: Emma Lyle
Amanda Lynch .... production secretary
Melissa Marlette .... production assistant
Matthew Monaco .... second assistant accountant
Rich Moody .... assistant: Douglas McGrath
Cameron Morton .... production assistant
Eric Myers .... publicist
Terrill Ocona .... production assistant
Nate Oldham .... production assistant: Boston
Sean Oliver .... adr revoicing
Joe Piasecki .... assistant location manager
Chelsea Rickling .... office production assistant
Richie Roefaro .... data management
Julie Sage .... location scout
Greg Scharpf .... assistant: Sarah Jessica Parker
Jonathon Schermerhorn .... set production assistant
Lisa Sever-Ferraro .... production assistant
Serena Shen .... production secretary: los angeles reshoot
Joshua Shull .... location scout
Christopher Stanback .... production associate
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Jay Storey .... photo double
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
Greg Wason .... production assistant
Chad Welch .... production staff
Sally Winters .... adr loop group
Ashton York .... production assistant
Glenn Akers .... office production assistant: los angeles reshoot (uncredited)
Serena Shen .... production secretary: los angeles reshoot (uncredited
Tony Cohen .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for sexual references
USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (Datasat Digital) | SDDS

Did You Know?

Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan previously starred together in Mars Attacks! (1996).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Allison Henderson:At work, when you act like 'one of the boys', they call you abrasive and difficult. So, if you act like a woman, they say you're emotional and difficult. So, difficult is really just the word for anything that isn't a man.See more »
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24 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: I Don't Know How She Does It, 1 October 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The title says it all, as I do not know how Sarah Jessica Parker has this ability to continue in being the marquee of her films, playing roles that may seem a little bit whiny and neurotic, but gaining and establishing an incredible following which has to be attributed to a certain degree to the very successful Sex and the City television series and movies, despite the latest one being not quite hitting the mark. Still, you can't keep a good woman down especially when she has the knack for snagging roles that allows her to play, well, the usual superwoman whose life is in a constant juggle between work and family.

And in many ways this film has characters that makes it easy for any working adult to identify with, whether one has a family of one's own or not. If life means tackling the various friends and fiends that come our way, and dealing with issues, problems and challenges that get thrown in our direction, then this story, adapted off the novel by Allison Pearson, encompasses just about everything in episodes. There's the best friend and confidante, the rival at work just waiting to pounce on mistakes or steal thunder, snarky moms who cannot figure out why someone wants to be a career woman, an attractive boss to report to and work with, an anal retentive assistant, all rolled into the story of the work life balance.

Sarah Jessica Parker's Kate Reddy seemed to have it all figured out, on the outside at least when others look at her, the perfect formula to keep everything together, although folks on the inside, and by that I mean family members with husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) and kids Emily and Ben (Emily Rayne Lyle and Julius and Theodore Goldberg respectively) disappointment and the lack of quantity time become very evident and frequent, and goes to a certain extent of reminding us of the things that actually matter and the importance of that balance and difficulty to achieve so, because it isn't a zero sum game, but definitely something's gotta give, and the crux of this film is how Kate slowly erodes what should be held dear, for career progress and reputation to upkeep.

Which is not a bad thing, but calls for very discerning time management, and knowing when to call it quits. Director Douglas McGrath weaves a very punchy narrative that relies a fair bit of comedy, even employing things like hair lice and other quite unladylike behaviour to send the message across, be it presenting the challenges Kate faced, or to try and present the narrative in a fairly novel manner with the use of talking heads interviews that makes it become like a mockumentary, even having Kate break the fourth wall and communicate directly with the audience more than once. It also offers keen insights into the modern day career woman, and if you remove gender from the equation, the many issues on display can apply to any working adult with similar responsibilities, where life may mean a constant juggle of roles and the apportioning of one's time against activities.

It's a film about contemporary lifestyle and the relationships built at work and at home, with many social tools used today featuring very much in the film, from email to phone to text messages, which creep into and become part and parcel of communications in life. Then there's the subplot about the perils for the working mom in a jetsetting lifestyle with the temptation that comes in the form of her attractive working partner Jack Abelhammer who comes in the form of Pierce James Bond Brosnan, and that of her relationship with assistant Momo (Olivia Munn) who probably exists in the film to provide that tinge of sarcasm, a person who's high on the IQ but needs plenty of work in the EQ department.

Of course you don't watch this film to look out for solutions on offer, but it may provide suggestions that some you may already know of, but fail to practice or have it successfully implemented because a movie can conveniently lump things together and skip the nitty gritty ugly details. But such is life, and what this film can do is probably a temporal pause from our own predicaments, and to remind ourselves that we're not alone in this struggle to maintain an even keel. I may not be the biggest Sarah Jessica Parker fan around, but I cannot argue the case against this film. Recommended.

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