* * * ½
(Clever romantic comedy)
Sarah Jessica Parker plays working mother Kate Reddy in this clever, relevant, romantic comedy. Greg Kinnear plays her patient, understanding (to a point) husband, who usually gets stuck with their two young kids while Kate travels in her job.
Most of the travels are from Boston to New York City, where Kate is in the middle of a big investment contract, working closely with a handsome, sophisticated boss (Pierce Brosnan).
Meanwhile, all her friends keep saying, "I don't know how she does it.”
The truth is, she doesn't always do it. There are complications, big and small. Some of the smaller ones are quite amusing, especially when she gets lice from her kids at the most inopportune time.
Her husband is always there to bail her out, but when the trips become more frequent and last-minute, he begins to suspect there is more than a working relationship between Kate and her boss. The fact is that her boss has become infatuated with her, causing more problems.
Can Kate continue to balance her career with her family? Kate often stops the action and talks directly to her audience, a technique not unfamiliar with the TV star.
Her friends do the same. One friend appears a bit too often with monologues while riding her exercise bike. We found her a bit annoying. And then there's Kate's co-worker (Seth Meyers), who waits impatiently for her to slip up, and her mother-in-law (an aging Jane Curtin), who is outwardly critical of her role as working mother/wife.
Olivia Munn has a poignant role as Kate's all-business assistant, who finds herself facing a crisis. She is the complete antithesis of her boss. Kelsey Grammar has a small but pivotal role as Kate's immediate boss.
"Even when you're here, you're not here,” hubby finally blurts out as Kate faces an important decision.
Can Kate have it both ways?
You'll find out how she does it in the final scenes. Nothing too heavy here, just a nice little modern romantic comedy that will hit home for working mothers.
Rated PG-13 with mild profanity and of little interest to the younger crowd.