Monday 23 April 2018

I Don't Know How She Does It premieres to widespread acclaim

Olivia Munn, Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker and Christina Hendricks attending the premiere of I Don't Know How She Does It.
Olivia Munn, Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker and Christina Hendricks attending the premiere of I Don't Know How She Does It.

James Orr

THE premiere of a Hollywood film of the novel by author Allison Pearson received widespread acclaim at a packed screening in New York last night.

Hundreds of fans turned out to see Sarah Jessica Parker in her new role as a struggling mum in the domestic comedy “I don’t Know How She Does It”.

Critics have described the book, written by newspaper columnist and mother Pearson, as “delightfully smart” and “heartbreakingly poignant”.

It chronicles the life of hedge-fund manager, wife and mother-of-two Kate Reddy as she battles to balance her career with her family.

Critics revealed the novel, first published in 2002, had “exploded onto bestseller lists" as “the national anthem for working mothers”

Parker was as stylish on the red carpet as her Sex and the City days, with a figure-hugging maxi dress and her blonde hair in loose waves.

Alongside Parker, who plays Reddy, co-stars former 007 Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Mad Men's flame-haired Christina Hendricks and Kelsey Grammer delighted awaiting fans.

Garnering plenty of support from their celebrity friends, other famous faces hitting the red carpet included Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle, as well as SJP's husband, Matthew Broderick, singer Jordin Sparks and actress Sophia Bush.

The Hollywood Reporter described the film, directed by Douglas McGrath, saying: “Moving the setting to American soil, the screen version finds Parker’s Kate lying awake nights mentally composing her all-important lists when not dashing to her job at a Boston financial management firm or back home to tend to her two young children and her unemployed architect husband, Richard (Greg Kinnear).

“But her carefully-honed balancing act is thrown off-kilter when a career-making new account means flying back and forth to New York, where she works closely with smooth exec Jack Abelhammer (reliable Pierce Brosnan) at the expense of being away from her resentful family.”

Last night the title was flying off the shelves as a result of the film’s success. The book reached number 9 in Sainsbury’s Paperback New And Bestsellers list.

The Hollywood Reporter added: “Whether she’s frantically trying to pass off a deli-purchased cherry pie as homemade for her daughter’s kindergarten bake sale or discovering she’s suffering from an unpleasant attack of head lice at an inopportune moment, Parker makes unforced, amusing work out of the physical comedy while convincingly relaying Kate’s heavier, more introspective dilemmas.”

'I Don’t Know How She Does It’ is in cinemas nationwide from Sep 16.

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