Movie Review: Sarah Jessica Parker’s New Movie ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ [Video]

The premiere of a Hollywood film of novel by British author Allison Pearson received widespread acclaim at a packed screening in New York last night.

Based on the bestselling 2002 debut novel by Allison Pearson, the film conjures up aspects of everything from Bridget Jones’s Diary (the book was originally set in London) to Baby Boom, while playing safely within the well-established parameters of formulaic romantic comedies.

Critics have described the book, written by Daily Telegraph columnist and mother Pearson, as “delightfully smart” and “heartbreakingly poignant”.

It chronicles the life of hedge-fund manager, wife and mother-of-two Kate Reddy as she battles to balance her career with her family. Critics revealed the novel, first published in 2002, had “exploded onto bestseller lists” as “the national anthem for working mothers”

A working mother strives to balance her demanding career with the stress of raising two young children and maintaining a healthy marriage in this comedy adapted from the best-selling novel by Allison Pearson.

By day, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) works for a Boston-based financial management firm; by night, she’s a devoted mother to two adoring children and the happily married wife of out-of-work architect Richard (Greg Kinnear).

Though balancing those two worlds has its fair share of challenges, Kate generally manages to come out on top thanks to the support of her best friend, Allison (Christina Hendricks), who’s had plenty of experience balancing kids and a career. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Kate’s sharp-as-a-tack junior associate assistant, Momo (Olivia Munn), possesses a fear of children and a strong work ethic.

Just when Kate lands a lucrative new account that will see her traveling across the country on a regular basis, however, her new business associate Jack (Pierce Brosnan) reveals his flirtatious side and Richard receives a job offer he can’t turn down.

Though it looks as if Kate and Richard couldn’t possibly take on any more responsibility, the demands of modern living ensure they’ll never have a dull moment, even if they try.

Thanks to Parker’s empathetic performance and the fine work of her top-notch supporting cast, the Weinstein Company release should prove relatable to female audiences of a certain age and stage whose comparatively carefree Carrie Bradshaw days are, alas, behind them.

The Hollywood Reporter described the film, directed by Douglas McGrath, saying: “Moving the setting to American soil, the screen version finds Parker’s Kate lying awake nights mentally composing her all-important lists when not dashing to her job at a Boston financial management firm or back home to tend to her two young children and her unemployed architect husband, Richard.

“But her carefully-honed balancing act is thrown off-kilter when a career-making new account means flying back and forth to New York, where she works closely with smooth exec Jack Abelhammer at the expense of being away from her resentful family.” [via The New York Times, The Telegraph and The Hollywood Reporter]

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