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I Don’t Know How She Does It Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Run Time: 90 Mins
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment/The Weinstein Company
  • Blu-ray Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • List Price: $39.99

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Overall
[Rating:2/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:2/5]

To write I Don’t Know How She Does It off as another lame man-hating chick flick would be an easy out. In fact, the film is so burdened with stereotypes of both genders, that would be an unfair assessment. Surely, a lot of men probably will watch this film that purports to be an examination of the difficulties faced by the working mother, in this case, the rather well-to-do character of Kate Reddy played by Sarah Jessica Parker as male bashing, and there is certainly enough of that in the numerous character “confessions” to the camera that take place throughout the film. Equally egregious, however, is the female-on-female competition that seems to go unpunished in these female-aimed movies. There’s always another female enemy for one woman to strike down, because she’s too wealthy, or too thin, or gets too many good looking men. This time, it’s the working women against the stay at home moms. Working women good. Stay at home moms bad.

After you figure out all this drivel, it’s already too much to even want to bother with the inevitable outcome of the banal plot to this supposedly groundbreaking — but not really —  story about Kate, who works at an investment bank in Boston who gets a big opportunity to start up a fund with the New York City branch, which will send her traveling back-and-forth to meet with the big boss there (Pierce Brosnan), just as her husband gets a big contract with his new start up company. This, of course, causes marital issues and the inevitable possibilities of an extramarital affair between Kate and her new boss in New York, plus a whole lot of issues for her juggling work, travel and responsibilities at home (she has two young children with her husband).

The odd part about this supposedly forward thinking film, or maybe not so odd since all the blame is squarely placed on the men of the film, is that Kate’s husband is never asked to juggle anything or about what it might mean since he decided to take on a big set of new work, but, you know, of course, it’s just a given that, no one cares. All the problems are obviously going to blamed on Kate because, you know, how dare she have a career and all, being a woman.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

There isn’t really much going on in a film like I Don’t Know How She Does It that is going to really sparkle in high definition. It’s a straightforward comedy production with a typical sort of rom-com look to it, meaning there aren’t a lot of shadows and nuanced shadings, spectacular visual effects, or eye-popping colors. With that said, the AVC/MPEG-4 encodement looks decent for what it is, showing a good amount of detail extension, although grain does tend to get just a bit gritty at times and white levels look to be on the verge of clipping on ocassion.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Just like the video transfer, there’s nothing remarkable about this audio mix on here either, which shows up in a serviceable DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) encodement that is rather front heavy and shows some occasional activity in the surround channels with low-level atmospherics.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0.5/5]

You can most likely skip this seven-minute self-congratulatory interview with the book’s author.

  • A Conversation with best-Selling Author Allison Pearson (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:00)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2/5]

Not really very funny and not really heavy on the drama, I Don’t Know How She Does It is just a poorly executed film all around with good actors, sadly, in what could be some of the worst roles they have ever played. Skip it.

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BestBuy.com:
I Don't Know How She Does It -

Purchase I Don’t Know How She Does It on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:2/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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