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I Don't Know How She Does It Trailer: Just Once, I'd Like to See a Movie Where a Woman CAN Balance Work, Family, and Sex

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | May 27, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | May 27, 2011 |

Below is the trailer for I Don’t Know How She Does It, and first of all, I don’t know why you’d want to drag down a perfectly decent supporting cast — Greg Kinnear, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, Pierce Brosnan, and Christina Hendricks — with Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays the lead in the adaptation of Allison Pearson’s debut novel. It’s not like she sells tickets anymore; couldn’t they find someone a little less alienating. Seventy percent of the population has already decided against seeing the film based on her presence alone (and another 10 percent based on Olivia Munn’s presence).

The movie is about a high-powered hedge fund manager and the mother of two small children, and the “hilarious” and distressing shenanigans she must go through to navigate her life. It’s already received some comparisons to Bridget Jones, which is another reason not to cast Sarah Jessica Parker.

Also, I don’t know how this movie ends. And while juggling family, work, and sex is complicated and difficult and stressful, a lot of women do it. A lot of women do it well, without needing to use a vacuum cleaner to suck off the excess powdered sugar from a crumb cake. Maybe in the end, she figures it out in this movie, but if she fucking quits her job, it’s going to piss me off. Not because she should be placing a higher priority on her job, but because I get kind of sick of this conservative perspective that the only way it can be done is if the woman gives up the high-powered job. The better movie is the one where she actually finds a reasonable balance that’s both supportive of her children and her career, and allows her a few moments at the end of the day to fuck her husband.

I get the feeling I Don’t Know How She Does It won’t be that movie.

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