Director: Douglas McGrath
Time: 1 hours 31 minutes
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn
"I Don't Know How She Does It". Seriously, I don't. Who on EARTH would let Sarah Jessica Parker another flop of a film about female empowerment that is so far from the point? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for equal rights between sexes but, if I was a female, I would think that this film is a horribly poor representation of what the fight for equality means.
Forget all the issues, the movie just sucks. I can't believe that a film is so excruciatingly bad that I would want to leave after the first 10 minutes. But, as it is my job to give a complete review of every film I see, I saw the film through. I've never regretted a decision this much since I put a nickel in the electrical outlet when I was four.
"I Don't Know How She Does It" takes us through the life of Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), an analyst for a top investment firm struggling to make it up the corporate ladder. To add to that, she has a husband (Greg Kinnear) on the verge of making it big in his career as well as two young children. When a huge job opportunity forces Reddy to travel often, Reddy begins to weigh the costs of the opportunity -- either be successful in her career and miss the growth of her children or be there for her family and miss out on a huge career opportunity. Or, maybe she can have both?
The problem isn't that this content has been touched on before. Nor is the problem that the film is talking about subject matter marginally pertinent to this decade -- its both. The characters are grossly oversimplified. Every character is a grossly exaggerated stereotype and this makes the film lack credibility and substance. It is just too unbelievable.
There is only one good light in this entire film and that is Olivia Munn's character. Munn plays the hard working, unemotional assistant to Kate. In fact, Munn's character may be the only person in the film that exhibits any real semblance of actual growth.
If you are looking to watch a movie this weekend, do yourself a favor -- watch something else.
0.5 out of 5 stars.