Movie review: I Don't Know How She Does It

By Craig Nicholson

<inline type="video" id="12288" align="right"/>Many years ago Oscar Wilde wrote that: "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life."

I wonder if Sarah Jessica Parker sees many parallels in her personal life with her mother-career juggling character in I Don't Know How She Does It.

Parker, married to Matthew Broderick, has a 9-year-old son and twin 2-year-old daughters, which she fits in with her many entertainment commitments.

Best known for her work on Sex and the City, Parker plays Kate Reddy in her latest movie, a happily married mother of two children - Emily and Ben.

Despite loving her roles of wife and mother, she equally loves her working life as a successful financial analyst with a large investment firm.

Kate wants to show the world she can do it all and she wants to prove that she can do it well.

But when a big deal at work is in the pipeline and her husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) wins a big project with his company, she is going to need a lot of luck and plenty of help to get through.

She scrambles from one crisis to another and her constant juggling is a constant source of amazement for those around her wondering how she pulls it off.

When her big business deal brings her into the sights of financial high-flyer Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), Kate is forced to re-evaluate what she wants from her life.

With her life slowly crumbling, Kate makes some big decisions about her future.

I Don't Know How She Does It is a lighthearted story which tells a story many women will identify with.

There is nothing too deep and meaningful about it but it is a fun story with laughs and tears accompanying Kate's journey.

I Don't Know How She Does It

(PG), 100 minutes

Stars: 3/5

- The Aucklander

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