Life is good, albeit, a bit frazzled for Sarah Jessica Parker's character Kate Reddy. A financial wizard living in charming Boston with two kids and an adorable husband, she's got pies to bake and snowmen to make, a best friend to counsel and a chance to make her mark in a career all her own.
I Don't Know How She Does It is based on the best selling book by Allison Pearson. The movie tracks the hectic life of a working mom who has just been given the opportunity to land a big account for her firm. And, just who will be her new boss in this endeavor? None other than James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan. It's tough to stay at work late when you're with 007, right ladies?
We see the allure, Ms. Parker. We see it. Ever since Brosnan burst into song opposite Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, he's been on our A-list of silver foxes (even if he isn't that silver…). The real question here is how does he do it? Great hair, sexy accent, charming romantic comedy lead...is Brosnan the new over-fifty hunk? If you're a fan in the least, you'll love him in this role.
Brosnan isn't the only beau stealing hearts in this film. Greg Kinnear puts up a fight with his lovable husband routine that just won't quit. Floppy hair, quick wit and a kiss when you need it, he's the tree trunk his wife can lean on.
So, this puts SJP in quite the pickle: successful businessman versus laid back dad.
The only way she's getting through this one is with the advice of her best friend, played by Christina Hendricks. Some of the funniest moments in I Don't Know How She Does It are when these two ladies are on screen. And although Hendricks isn't Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte, she holds her own with a charming comedic style that had us wanting more, more, more. This cast is rounded out with the deadpan repertoire of Seth Meyers and the antagonism of Kelsey Grammer. The chemistry makes for a fun watch, no matter how nervous you get wondering if SJP can balance it all.
Speaking of...how does she do it? Anyone who grew up watching Working Girl or 9 to 5 knows it's tough to make it all work, but you sort of have to be a woman to know why. Nothing against the opposite sex, of course, but if there's one thing this movie does, it reaffirms just how challenging it is to be a woman in modern times. Sex, love, friends, family, work, waxing. Who has time to stop and ask, what's the most important?
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