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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)



Critic Consensus: A limp comedy with a hopelessly outdated viewpoint on gender, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in rote Carrie-mode.

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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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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 (113) | Top Critics (47)

You know, this is not about a woman struggling to have it all. It's about a woman who does have it all and wants more. It's kind of obscene.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

This movie goes nowhere, says nothing and does it all with about as much stylistic flourish as a lazy yawn.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

November 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.

November 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.

September 17, 2011 | Full Review…
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This film takes the most wrenching and universal dilemma of family life and turns it into a sitcom-y love letter to Sarah Jessica Parker.

September 16, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for I Don't Know How She Does It


Cute. Predictable. A decent time killer. Love Greg Kinnear...not a big Sarah fan. Olivia Munn is wonderful.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. Not bad yet not that great either. The movie really doesn't bore you it's just that the theme and plot of the story is not so great or intriguing. This is probably strictly for girls since the main idea of the story is to show that woman can do it all and they can. Kate Reddy (Parker) devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard (Kinnear) and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison (Christina Hendricks) performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo (Olivia Munn) fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for--and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Brosnan), who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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 Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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