'I Don't Know How She Does It' Reviews Say Sarah Jessica Parker Will Always Be Carrie Bradshaw

sarah jessica parker i don't know how she does itLike most women, I have to say that I slightly idolize Sarah Jessica Parker. In my eyes, she will always be the most hip, happenin' city gal there ever was. Her new movie, I Don't Know How She Does It, opens in theaters today, and tells the story of Kate Reddy as she tries to find a balance within her life as a working mom.

Directed by Douglas McGrath, I Don't Know How She Does It features some other big names, too. Joining Parker is the hunky Pierce Brosnan, adorable Greg Kinnear, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks, and Olivia Munn. Obviously, the cast is stellar. But is the movie? I had the chance to check out the film in an advanced screening this week. See what I and the other critics have to say in our I Don't Know How She Does It reviews:

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Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News:

From the wry narration to the girlish mannerisms, Parker really does turn this film into Sex and the Kiddies. On the bright side, it's a lot more watchable than its awful trailer indicates.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post:

I Don't Know How She Does It strip-mines every last nugget from the mother lode of maternal movie comedy, including gags about head lice, bake-sale envy and morning sickness.

Claudia Puig, USA Today:

Though it aims to be a sharply humorous look at the mommy wars, I Don't Know How She Does It has nothing remotely new or comical in its arsenal. In fact, this vacuous farce has nothing original to say about marriage, working parenthood, child-rearing or corporate America.

David Edelstein, New York Magazine:

Kate is funnier -- less arch -- than Carrie, and Parker reminds you what a dizzy, all-in, high-risk comic actress she can be when she’s not too busy showing off the couture.

And then there's my take:

If you're a mom, then you're hands-down going to love this movie. It has all of the mommy humor that I know my own mother would eat up and laugh at instantly. As someone who has yet to have children -- watching Sarah Jessica trying to balance it all in I Don't Know How She Does It is just an eensy bit scary. And overall, her performance comes off a tad unrealistic. But what the movie lacks in execution, it makes up for with its astounding cast. It's worth checking out, but I'd say go during the day for the matinee price. Oh, and definitely leave all men at home.

Check out the trailer for I Don't Know How She Does It, here:

Will you be seeing I Don't Know How She Does It this weekend?

 

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