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Tuesday 1 November 2011

'I Don't Know How She Does It'. Me, I have NO idea.

Expectations for 'I Don't Know How She Does It'?

Based on the trailer - below - I expected some comical moments, some stereotypes, and maybe some validation that what I was doing was right. Not that I needed a movie to tell me that... but, you know.

What I did enjoy were several particular lines, as they really resonated.

The gist of the movie? Kate (played by Sarah Jessica Parker - it's not an Oscar-nom role but she is perfectly cast) is a married mother of two, finance exec and juggler of work, kids, life, and love. As you'd imagine there are mishaps galore, random kiddie-food found on a jacket while at work, fights with the spouse, even a hint of a possible affair.

What I do love is Kate does not go the usual-celluloid route and fall for the man who is making a pass at her. Nope, she works on her marriage instead. In the world of Hollywood's take on the route to take when you reach that 'fork in the road', that's admirable.

The lines I most liked in the flick:

Kate: "I had two lives but I didn't have time to enjoy either one of them."

I am hearing you, sister. Not always, but sometimes, yes.

Kate: "Me without that job isn't me. But also me without you and Ben and Emily is... nothing."

Yes, yes, and yes. My work validates me. Makes me happy, and feel I am using my brain. But me without my babies, the loves of my life. Forget it.

And the line that least resonated:

[Kate]: "Instead of sleeping, I do the list. A recent study showed that women with young children don't sleep through the night. Researchers were at a loss to explain why. They could have asked me. Instead of sleeping, I do The List."

Nope, not me. I am too tired having done/tried to do that damn list all day. I just sleep.

Will you go and see the movie? What are your expectations?

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