I Don't Know How She Does It How did the makers of I Don't Know How She Does It not know that there are two insurmountable problems with their bogus chick flick… I Don't Know How She Does It How did the makers of I Don't Know How She Does It not know that there are two insurmountable problems with their bogus chick flick… 2011-09-16 Comedy Pierce Brosnan Kelsey Grammer Sarah Jessica Parker The Weinstein Company
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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

I Don't Know How She Does It, Sarah Jessica Parker | SETTLING AND THE CITY Sarah Jessica Parker, Julius/Theodore Goldberg, Emma Rayne Lyle, and Greg Kinnear in I Don't Know How She Does It
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SETTLING AND THE CITY Sarah Jessica Parker, Julius/Theodore Goldberg, Emma Rayne Lyle, and Greg Kinnear in I Don't Know How She Does It
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2011; Genre: Comedy; With: Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer and Sarah Jessica Parker; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

How did the makers of I Don't Know How She Does It not know that there are two insurmountable problems with their bogus chick flick about the amusing travails of a working mother? The first is that the movie is based on a 2002 novel by British journalist Allison Pearson, and we live in 2011. True, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) is now an "investment manager" in Boston rather than a British hedge-fund shark. Otherwise, Kate.2011 has the same accessories as Kate.2002, including a cute architect husband (Greg Kinnear), two kids who push Mommy's guilt buttons, and various male associates oblivious to commonplace 2011 workforce realities. Into this time warp screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (Morning Glory, 27 Dresses) adds gratuitously bitchy stay-at-home gym-rat mothers and a boss (Kelsey Grammer) who blanches at the word mammogram. Pierce Brosnan plays a fairy-tale New York businessman as princely as he is single.

The second insurmountable problem is the difference between Parker's performance as a fortysomething banker, wife, and mother musing (in voice-over) at her computer and her previous performance as a single, thirtysomething girl-about-town in Sex and the City: There is none. I don't know why she does it. D+

Originally posted Aug 12, 2011 Published in issue #1173 Sep 23, 2011 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 28 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $35.0 1 $35.0 D
2. $17.5 2 $58.0 B-
3. $17.2 1 $17.2 B-
4. $7.0 2 $22.6 C
5.
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$4.8 3 $33.7 C+
6.
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$4.6 3 $46.6 C
7. $4.2 2 $20.9 B
8.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$3.8 9 $319.2 A-
9. $1.5 7 $79.6 F
10. $1.4 8 $187.2 C+
* in millions

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