Saturday 4 February 2012

Today's Review: I Don't Know How She Does It

I was going to watch this on Blu-Ray, but then I realised it had a bunch of wrinkly people in. Don't wanna see that in HD.

I Don't Know How She Does It is an unashamed female worship exercise. In a working men's world, there is one woman who can efficiently hold down a rewarding career and look after her two kids, and that woman is Kate, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. There are a few documentary style interviews conducted with her peers, in which they all wonder, repeatedly, how she does it.

Of course, it's pretty clear how she does it, because her children are often looked after by a nanny, and indeed, by her husband, who also has a quite full on and rewarding career. How does he do it? We don't care, 'cause he's just some stupid man. Anyway, Kate takes on a pretty demanding project at work that sees her travelling a lot with suave businessman Jack, played by Pierce Brosnan. Of course, he is very charming, and our heroine does in fact begin to look like she may stray, but of course her husband has done absolutely nothing wrong and is actually a very nice person, so that plot line falls flat on its face. Instead we're just faced with an ending where Kate decides to change her entire life for the better after she has quite a minor argument with her husband, but doesn't really change much anyway.

Sorry for the spoilers, but maybe now you won't want to see this movie, and that's a good thing really. It helps that I went into it expecting it to be awful, because is exceeded those expectations, of only slightly. It wasn't entirely excruciating to watch, but it certainly is not a good movie. It's one of these movies that seek to empower women, but the way they big up the female sex is so over the top and outdated it feels kind of embarrassing. I Don't Know How She Does It is bland and unfunny, and probably not particularly worth your time.

My rating: 1/5

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