Film and TV

DVDs & Blu-rays: The I Don't Care How She Does It Edition

I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan; Douglas McGrath directs.

The Setup: Sarah Jessica Parker plays Kate Reddy, a woman trying to juggle a demanding job and busy home life, pleasing her boss, husband and two kids all at the same time. Pierce Brosnan is the boss, and Greg Kinnear is the husband. Think No Sex and the City.

The Execution: Parker plays Kate much the same way she played Carrie in Sex and the City: with a pout, and a sense of slight panic. And like SATC, her problems are in the featherweights class, which makes all of this boring and unimportant. Kate isn't, of course, the first/only/most important woman who has ever had to juggle all of that and the whole story line is yawn-inducing.

The Extras: There's only one extra on the Blu-ray version of I Don't Know How She Does It, a Conversation with Best-Selling Author Allison Pearson. She spends the seven minutes talking about everything we just saw on screen, adding nothing to our experience.

Puncture stars Chris Evans and Michael Biehn; Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen direct.

We won't go through the whole drill for Puncture, which is mentioned here only because the topic is worth noting. It's the true story of a law firm that takes on a case of an ER nurse who's been pricked by a contaminated needle. They take on, well, basically, the entire health care system, trying to force it into initiating a "no re-use" needles policy. What gives the story an extra layer of interest is that one of the lawyers is a "functioning drug addict" who has his own relationship with needles.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez