I Don’t Know How She Does It

If the title of the film wasn’t bad enough, they just keep repeating it over and over. This is the type of film that makes most people just want to scream and throw things at the screen. The 17% on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t a surprise at all. Parker has never been a very talented actress; her success with Sex & the City was a group effort and nothing she did on her own. However, those film adaptations further drug her name through the mud. Parker seems to insist on these flaky characters like her last one in Did You Hear About the Morgans. There is no way she read that script and said "this sounds like a great film", or "this will be a hit." It was more along the lines of “how much will I get paid?"

Kate Reddy (Parker) is a mom of two, wife, and a successful business woman. Women at her children’s school say they don’t know how she does it, but that seems to make her want to run faster and work harder. A strain is put on her marriage and role as a mother when she is offered an incredible project in New York. She is faced with trying to keep the family running while being in a New York office two days a week with a very flirty project leader (Brosnan). This new opportunity will help Kate understand the need for realistic balance in her life, and if she can resist temptation, make her a stronger person.

If you look at Parker’s filmography on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s hard to find anything over 50%; she could be one of the worst working actress’s alive. I Don’t Know How She Does It has so many problems as a film that it’s tough to point them all out. One of the most annoying aspects is all the writing on the screen. Bridget Jones’s Diary did this somewhat effectively, but this film uses that on screen text far too often; not only that, but the words on the screen suggest this is some kind of teen film. The supporting actors like Kinnear, Brosnan and even Meyers are all more fun to watch than Parker , who seems to always play these whiney, pathetic, complaining women that most women watching the films hate.

The worst thing about the film is Parker herself. Kate Reddy is one of the most annoying characters on screen in 2011. The film never gives you a reason to care whether Kate is going to ruin her marriage or make everything work out in the end. She has the depth of a stick of butter. The attempt at humor in the script never works--not once. Everything about this movie falls flat, and is as bad as you expect it to be from the trailer and awful title.

 Final Thought – We don’t care how she does it, as long as she stops doing it.

Grade D-

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Michael Woody