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Sarah Jessica Parker’s new movie, ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’, highlights the reality of a successful working mother, trying to ‘do it all’. Parkers character, Kate Reedy, is a full time finance advisor, trying to juggle her highly time consuming career along with raising two young children and sustaining a happy marriage.
Greg Kinnear plays Kate’s husband, Richard, and manages to successfully portray the strain having high powered careers has on a marriage. Although Kate and her family live in Boston, Kate is required to travel on regular occasions with her job.
When Kate is offered the opportunity to work on a new account in New York with Jack Abelhammer, played by Pierce Brosnon, her marriage becomes strained and jealousy arises. Directed by Douglas McGrath, this all star cast also features Kelsey Grammer as Kate’s demanding boss, Olivia Munn as her assistant and Christina Hendricks as Kate’s best friend.
The PG13 rated movie has some humorous adult moments, like when Kate accidentally send an email meant for her friend containing a sexual innuendo about her boss to, well, her boss! Kate’s character is perfectly imperfect, resulting in some comical situations. Jack and Kate’s relationship can only be described as awkwardly amusing and entertaining.
Bake sales, birthday parties, account deals, family vacations and regular work trips are all things Kate attempts to manage at one time, proving her multitasking skills are impeccable. The movie delves into the different types pressure and strain not only associated with work, but with raising children and keeping a marriage afloat.
The audience is also shown the affects this type of lifestyle has on children, and the neglect they can feel when one parent is constantly absent. As the storyline progresses, Kate is forced to choose between placing her family or her career first. What choice does she make? Well anyone who has ever seen a Hollywood movie can answer that.
With all that Kate has to juggle, this movie will undoubtedly leaves the viewer themselves asking ‘How does she do it?’
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