If I’m being nice I’d just tell you that I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT is nothing more than a bland attempt to exploit the female audiences love and dedication to attending this type of film. The more venomous side of my opinion is that the movie is the worst kind of pointless unfunny crap that exploits the female audiences love and dedication to attending this type of film. Beyond a few semi enjoyable laughs- none of them caused directly by Sarah Jessica Parker- I was lucky to make it out of this with my eyes unscratched.
I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT is an attempt at examining that lifelong question of how people or a person manages all the stresses in life while juggling his/her kids on top of everything else. Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Kate, a married mother of two who works as an investment banker who is given an extraordinary opportunity to further her career by pitching a business strategy to big businessman Jack (Pierce Brosnan). The project puts an immense strain on her relationship with husband, Richard (Greg Kinnear) and her children as she desperately tries to juggle her busy career with her responsibilies at home.
There used to be a time when I would have told you I thought Sarah Jessica Parker was an attractive actress- even a time when I would have said I enjoyed seeing her in a movie from time to time. That time is over- I know most people compare her looks to a horse, but in I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT I would say she looks more like Hugh Hefner with long earth hair. Yet somehow her neglect for her looks in the movie is supposed to be the joke for a busy mom with little time to do herself up and that in itself is not funny unless Olivia Munn is making a snarky comment under her breath about it. Parker’s acting is about as bad as it has ever been- in fact if not for Greg Kinnear and Olivia Munn I may have been declared legally insane by the end of this one.
Now I highly doubt Sarah Jessica Parker is waiting anxiously to make her next career move based on my personal feelings about her talent and looks, but I really do think that her place in these romantic comedies has long since expired. Katherine Heigl has more than fit the bill in this regard and she doesn’t look like an old man. However, this isn’t the Comedy Central RO@$T of Sarah Jessica Parker so let me continue this thought that the ultimate flaw of I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT is that it just doesn’t offer one iota of new or interesting ideas to the genre of overstressed and overworked struggling parents. This could be overlooked with a funny script and a handful of charming performances which this film is shamefully void of.
As a date film this movie also fails because the sweet moments are predictable and cliché, they hit no real emotional height and there’s nothing sexy to get couple’s juices flowing. Minus some minor chuckles that parents would get from scenes they’ve likely seen in their own household there’s really nothing here that would be recommendable to anyone. Olivia Munn has some funny moments but is putting on her best Audrey Plaza meets Kristen Wiig impersonation and does not capitalize on the geek sex appeal she has the capability of bringing and Christina Hendricks looks good but is immensely underused.
I never fooled myself into believing that I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT was going to be a good movie, but at the very least I thought I might be morbidly entertained. Sadly, what I saw was morbid but not entertaining, unless you like watching Greg Kinnear make out with a woman who looks like an old man in a wig. I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT is not particularly funny enough to be called a romantic comedy and not dramatic enough to even be a dramedy. The film is stuck in a purgatory of films that don’t know what kind of balance to strike and probably shouldn’t have been put into production without a better plan of action.