Review: 1.5 out of 4
“I Don’t Know How She does it”, or excuse me, I stopped caring how she does it about 15 minutes in to this bland, unfunny bore.
Sarah Jessica Parker again shows up in a bad movie, this time playing Kate Reddy. Kate is a neurotic micromanager trying to be the perfect wife and mother, plus a banner finance executive. From what I can tell, she foregoes sleep in order to create to-do lists and she fears screwing up her child’s bake sale item will send them down a path toward being a serial killer. When her husband (Greg Kinnear) manages to find a new job at the same time she gets a big career break that sends her to New York a couple days a week to work with a client (Pierce Brosnan), suddenly juggling career, her two children, and her family becomes even harder.
Characters talk in voice-over and sometimes directly at the camera, but that’s no where near as annoying as waiting for the egocentric Kate to finally realize she’s shelving her family in favor of getting ahead at work. She’s a robotic character intent on having it all and the movie is edgeless enough to not make the conflicts too intense or the ending anything other than happy.
Unfortunately it’s also terribly cute (as SJP movies often are), so much so that you kinda get lulled into forgetting to laugh at the few naughty jokes and you cringe at the many flat ones (like a male character claiming there is a double standard in the work place cause a mans shoes always have to be shiny and a woman’s don’t. Wtf wrote that one?).
If this movie wanted to be a useless excuse for a chick flick, then “She does it” quite well.