Preview tonight for I Don't Know How She Does It - the new Sarah Jessica Parker chick-flick out this weekend.
Let me preface all this by saying that I really liked SJP - have ever since the SATC days. She will always be Carrie to me, hard to picture her any other way. Even in the other roles she has done since then, she still has always had the certain Carrie-ness about her. I think that is just who she really is. It is in the way she walks, talk, pushes her hair back, gesticulates, etc. She just is Carrie ... or better said, Carrie is SJP. Either way, when you get an actress like that who has made a character so famous, she is often hard to cast as anyone else, and the audience has a hard time seeing her as anyone else. It doesn't help that SJP picked not-so-great films after SATC ended. She (and her agent) needed to realize that she had grown up and she couldn't keep playing that single girl out out on the town anymore. She was just too old to pull it off. She needed more mature roles. So as much as I loved SATC I and even II (no matter how bad, you can never have enough Carrie and Big), time to move on. Family Stone was ok ... Did You Hear About the Morgans was horrible. And now, with I Don't Know How She Does It, SJP may have just figured it out.
No one else could fill those Blahniks ... but with this film it feels like she grows up a bit.
Kate is run off her feet. Two kids, loving husband, full time job, bake sales, work travel, lice, special projects ... the list goes on and on. I don't know how she does it! The movie follows SJP and her little family as they go through a particularly rough three months where she takes on an incredible opportunity at work that requires her to put her family life on the back burner. Love, commitment, family and career all hang in a delicate balance that has the potential to crash at any moment.
Just like those early season one SATC episode, the film has some instances where they have a few funny characters talking directly to the camera saying very witty thing. The office asshole, the stay at home mom (who spends 5 hours at the gym everyday), the single-mother friend, etc. The best by far though - and one of the best characters in the whole film - are from Momo. SJPs machine assistant, Momo is hilarious and great! She doesn't understand SJP and her choices and isn't interested in marriage, kids, family, etc. Laughed so hard during her scenes!
All the characters are great actually, I think the actors did a great job in their roles. SJP and Greg Kinnear are great together and I have to say that I really love his character. A guy who is willing to let his wife do her thing and be her person, who is willing to take care of the kids and who doesn't feel the need to get angry or jealous, but who just takes it in stride. In fact ... it was refreshing to see a movie about a couple that is mostly happy together - not having an affair, or single people, or divorcing. It was nice to see a modern story with a modern couple who DO make it all work - career and kids and nannies and bake sales. Not entirely one way or another ... no extremes. Then there is good old Pierce Brosnon. He is perfect in his role as the slightly aloof business man who has a fun personality buried somewhere deep down (and who just needs a good woman to bring it up). Brosnon in a suit ... well ... you just can't go wrong.
So anyway ... the story is good. It is not a typical ro-com, so you gotta give it some credit off the bat. The characters are good and the actors work well together. And I like the story. I like how it tackles some subjects that I think are very true and says some things that need to be said about the way women and men are treated differently in the workplace.