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:: I Don’t Know How She Does It

When you see the trailer for I Don’t Know How She Does It you can’t help but groan… it looks like a romantic comedy as bad and uninteresting as Sex And The City 2 but surprisingly it is a light drama that is complete with an interesting storyline and characters good enough to hold your concentration.

Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) is burning the candle at both ends. While she and her husband, Richard (Greg Kinnear) try to keep their family in order Kate also tries to excel at her job, keeping her boss, Clark Cooper (Kelsey Grammer) happy while keeping her rivals at bay. But she is faced with a huge challenge when Richard’s work takes off and an idea she pitched to ‘the even higher-up’, Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan) seems to be taken seriously. Suddenly she has to face that fact that her work is taking her away from her children more and more.

Director, Douglas McGrath must have breathed a sigh of relief when he first read Aline Brosh McKenna’s script. This film had ‘awful romantic comedy’ branded all over it, but luckily McKenna’s script drags it out of that area. She takes it into the interesting area of drama and even manages to mix-up the story with some to-the-camera moments. She makes the characters that surround Kate’s life interesting, and I will certainly be remembering the character of Momo Hahn (Olivia Munn) for a long time to come… she is simply that unique. McKenna even manages to bring some suspense into the storyline with some pretty intriguing ‘will-they-won’t-they-moments’ happening between Kate and her boss Jack… but the real reason the film works is because the characters are likeable and for the brief moments that the film dips into comedy… the filmmakers have made sure those scenes are actually funny without going over the top.

The real winner with I Don’t Know How She Does It is Sarah Jessica Parker. I’ll admit that I’ve been critical of her over the years but it is this film that has made me realise that it isn’t her acting ability that I’ve disliked, it’s been the roles she is playing. Here, Parker is superb. You can’t help liking Kate and Parker makes the role her own. Being a working mother herself she was able to really get inside the character of Kate, and while you could hardly call her performance deserving of awards she is actually likeable and her scenes with Pierce Brosnan are naturally smooth.

There will be people out there that disagree but this was one critic that found I Don’t Know How She Does It enjoyable. It is a film that both males and females can enjoy and the storyline throws up just the right amount of speed-bumps in Kate’s life to keep you wanting to know what will happen next. This is a drama that works because it doesn’t try too hard.