Monday, 6 May 2013

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) - ★

Director: Douglas McGrath
Writers: Allison Pearson (Novel), Aline Brosh McKenna (Screenplay)
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Olivia Munn, Kelsey Grammar, Seth Meyers, Christina Hendricks

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of this movie: "Why the hell was it made?" It's such a stupid premise for a movie. Sure, the novel may be interesting, but this story spreads paper thin across the 89 minute running time. What an embarrassment for the actors involved. I feel bad that Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan have resorted to accepting scripts that are basically the ramblings of a bored housewife. Above all, this movie is just terrible. Nothing could save it from being a complete and utter disaster.

That's right readers, the claws have come out for this review. I'm just at a loss for words. There are so many talented writers, actors and artists out there that work their asses off just trying to get a movie made. Meanwhile, this piece of unintelligent garbage happens to be worthy of production? These are the kinds of movies that make the film-making industry look shallow.

The story is as follows. Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker), is an imperfect mum, but she works her ass off both at home and at her job. She's a workaholic that loves her family. Here comes the cliché's. At her job, she has a big case that she must handle with a wealthy businessman Jack (Pierce Brosnan). Meanwhile, her big family at home is quite a lot to handle. So as she focuses on work, her family suffers and as she focuses on her family, her work suffers. She has to make choices about her priorities. WHOOP-DEE-DOO! WHAT A STORY! WE HAVE A GENIUS OVER HERE!

If that's not bad enough, it's basically the exact same story of The Devil Wears Prada, minus the fashion, the wit, and the ever so perfect Meryl Streep. The acting was cliché to the max too. I like Sarah Jessica Parker, but this does nothing but reaffirm her reputation for being a limited actress (and quite frankly, old). Pierce Brosnan just wasn't funny at all, so I was embarrassed for him the most. Greg Kinnear played a husband that pouted with puppy dog eyes all the time. I'm shaking my head in disappointment just thinking about it. I don't even want to talk about this movie anymore.

If you enjoyed this movie, then good for you. To each his own I guess. However, anyone out there who bought a ticket to see this movie: You are the one that is contributing to the constant production of terrible films. Jack and Jill (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) and I Don't Know How She Does It are all movies that should be burned in a large bonfire.

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