Bye-bye, Carrie Bradshaw… hello, Kate Reddy! In her first starring role since last year’s Sex and the City 2, Sarah Jessica Parker will portray the heroine of Allison Pearson’s 2002′s best-selling (four million copies!) novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It. Kate is a fortysomething working mom who’s trying to climb the corporate ladder while also being all that she can be for her two kids and stay-at-home husband (played by Greg Kinnear). But as you’ll see from the trailer below, obsessive worrying and all-consuming guilt keep her up in the wee hours, making to-do lists in her head, and generally leading her to wish that she could be at home when she’s at work, and at work when she’s home.
Nothing really surprising here, except for that part where everything pauses and Kate “breaks the fourth wall” to address the film audience. Sometimes such a shtick can work (like in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), but most of the time it comes off as, well, a desperate gimmick. I guess we’ll see if SJP was able to pull it off when I Don’t Know How She Does It hits theaters this Friday. (Locke’s predicting it will take the #1 spot at the box office, remember!)
No matter how the film does, I’m giving a big thumbs-up to its posters, which highlight the whole “To-Do List” bit and certainly convey a sense of frazzled overwhelmedness. (I think I just made up a word!)
I’ve yet to read Pearson’s novel (I guess you could say doing so is on MY never-ending To-Do List… ha!), so I’m curious to hear from those who have. Is SJP who you imagined as Kate? Is the trailer giving you hope that this will be a successful adaptation?
Chick flicks at redbox!