I Don't Know How She Does It

2011

I Don't Know How She Does It

Critics Consensus

A limp comedy with a hopelessly outdated viewpoint on gender, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in rote Carrie-mode.

17%

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Total Count: 112

32%

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User Ratings: 23,414
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Movie Info

Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks star in I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy from director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and producer Donna Gigliotti (The Reader, Let Me In). Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It follows a Boston-based working mother trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job. -- (C) Weinstein

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Cast

Pierce Brosnan
as Jack Abelhammer
Greg Kinnear
as Richard Reddy
Christina Hendricks
as Allison Henderson
Kelsey Grammer
as Clark Cooper
Seth Meyers
as Chris Bunce
Olivia Munn
as Momo Hahn
Jane Curtin
as Marla Reddy
Mark Blum
as Lew Reddy
Busy Philipps
as Wendy Best
Sarah Shahi
as Jeannie Lopietro
Emma Rayne Lyle
as Emily Reddy
Julius Goldberg
as Ben Reddy
James Murtaugh
as Roger Harcourt
Eugenia Yuan
as Jack's Receptionist
Joseph Amato
as I/T Guy
Beth Fowler
as Clark's Secretary
Katie Hyde Lewars
as Organic Mom
Natalie Gold
as Young Mother With Cell Phone
Lorna Pruce
as Woman in Bowling Alley
Jacob Alexander
as Town Car Driver
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Critic Reviews for I Don't Know How She Does It

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (39)

  • There's nothing particular strong or telling about its comedy.

    Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film uses its breezy comic tone to makes some raw points about the fidelity, motherhood and compromise.

    Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Oh, look, it's rich people in beautifully appointed houses and they're worried that the nanny might not arrive on time for them to make important morning meetings at work. Boo-hoo.

    Sep 17, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
    Top Critic
  • In the chick-flick world, hell is other women, and here specifically it's the stay-at-home wife and mother.

    Sep 16, 2011 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • How nice it would have been had McKenna penned a couple of those audience-addressing interludes for Richard or Jack. What would these modern, succesful men tell us of themselves?

    Sep 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • I Don't Know How She Does It purports to be about the difficult choices of modern motherhood, but it's too prim and cautious a movie to dip a pedicured toe into the murky waters of real choice.

    Sep 16, 2011 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Don't Know How She Does It

  • Dec 15, 2012
    The film was so so and a little disappointing. The film felt more like a TV sitcom than a film. I didn't like when the characters were constantly talking to the camera. That got annoying after awhile. Sarah was ok. I could have seen Jennifer Aniston play the same role. Pierce Brosnan seems out of place here. He probably did it for the paycheck.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    This is a generic romantic comedy but despite that I still enjoyed it. It is more like Sex and The City to be honest and I think that is what they were trying to achieve yet it does fall short. The story tells of a housewife who is so busy with work that she neglects her family and in the end she realises what is most important to her, typical generic hyperbole. Despite that though the cast all play good roles and you cannot help but relate to the main character and root for them in some way. This alone keeps you glued until the end no matter how bad you may have thought the preceding parts were.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2012
    This story of Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) who works for a Boston-based financial management firm is somehow all around the place but manages to be a real chick-flick... of course, as a super woman, by night, she's a devoted mother to two adoring children and the happily married wife of Richard (Greg Kinnear). The only bright spots in this movie are some of the actors' performances: I liked Allison (Christina Hendricks), Momo (Olivia Munn) and Jack (Pierce Brosnan). It's not spectacularly unfunny or appallingly made movie - it's just a rote treatment of a familiar subject. That's why we'll find some of the movie's scenes truncated, sometimes looking just as repetitive vignettes... at the end what was presented was just as hurried as Kate but this time juggling only the same few issues rather than an entire life.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    Short, sweet, frantic, and to the point. "I Don't Know How She Does It" is a pretty typical chick flick. It's about a woman named Kate(Sarah Jessica Parker) juggling marriage, kids, and a high stress job. Parker does a good job, as does the rest of the cast. The problem I had with the movie wasn't the acting, it was the way it was presented. First each character is constantly giving a testimony about Kate. Almost like the movie is a documentary. While it works sometimes, other times it is kind of annoying and ruins the flow of the movie. At an hour and ninety minutes it flies by pretty quick, and comes off just like Kate's life. All over the place, disorganized, and very frantic. By the end you'll say to yourself "I don't know how she did it". I'm not huge on chick flicks, so really this movie isn't for me. But up until she passed out, I think my wife enjoyed it. So as long as women enjoy it, then it accomplishes it's goal.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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