Finally, I Watched a Great Movie!

Yes, that’s right! This has been miserably missing in my life for the past five years. And finally, I watched a great movie this weekend. “I Don’t Know How She Does It” is a sweet comedy about a working mom Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), who is trying desperately to juggle it all – her demanding career, raising her two young children and maintaining a healthy marriage.

Kate Reddy is a fund manager for a Boston investment company. She recently landed a big account that requires her to travel frequently, but not without the protest from her family, especially her two children. When she has to spend more time away from her family, her relationships with her kids and husband (Greg Kinnear) suffer even more. Kate’s life begins to get away from her and even with success just on the horizon, she realizes she needs to make decisions to get her life back into balance.

During much of the movie, Kate is like a rat in a maze, hyper stimulated by constantly buzzing cellphones as she dashes back and forth between Boston and New York to pitch a deal related to retirement funds. She has to work doubly hard as her single colleagues are all ready to pounce on her weaknesses.

The story reveals a portion of the female workforce that rarely gets exposure in the modern media – the married mother who balances a demanding career with the responsibilities of raising a family and being available for the spouse.

Personally, I feel that it’s quite a norm that working mothers are perceived as less capable in the working world, especially when they have to attend to family emergencies, sick children, difficulties to travel within short notice, etc.

In this aspect, I’m really blessed to have an understanding boss and that I’m not made to feel guilty when I need to take time-off to attend to family matters. That’s what keeping me here for the past 8.5 years and I’m still looking forward to celebrate my 10th anniversary with this company.

In this movie, we also see Kate’s daughter being upset that her mommy is not always there. I’m not sure how you working moms out there deal with this issue. I’m glad that I don’t need to travel much. Otherwise, I’m very sure that Little Edison will be terribly upset with me.

The ending of this movie is very touching when Kate rediscovers what is dear to her. She ran to her daughter’s school when it starts to snow as she promised her that she will make snowman for her. It’s not the typical happy ending that most viewers will expect where Kate quits her job and everybody lives happily ever after.

When it comes to juggling, as Kate confides, the secret is not how you catch, but how you throw.

In fact, she loves her job so much that she is absolutely unapologetic about it. She promised her husband that she wants to make things work for the family and to be a better wife and mom. I’m sure many of us working mothers can understand exactly how she feels. Not a bitter ending though.

I love this movie, it moved me at times and it made me laugh. I’m sure you’ll also love the smart ladies in this movie too. Very entertaining, and I highly recommend it. Check out the movie’s official website HERE.

 

“Mars Needs Moms” Movie Review + Free Tickets!

We have been lucky to be invited to watch the preview screening of Disney’s latest 3D animation – “Mars Needs Moms” last Monday. When I asked Little Edison whether he wants to watch the big TV in the cinema, his immediate response was YES! I wasn’t sure whether he knows what a cinema is. It’s indeed his first cinema experience and it’s also my first 3D experience.

In summary, this movie is about a 9-year-old boy, Milo (voiced by Seth Green), who doesn’t appreciate his mother (Joan Cusack) until she is abducted by the Martians. Milo then finds a way to travel to Mars and rescue his mom. You may wonder why the Martians need moms. It’s because they cannot take care of their own children so they abduct moms to extract their child-rearing ability to be downloaded into their nannybots.

The movie begins with Milo who is annoyed with being ordered to eat his broccoli by his mom. He secretly fed the broccoli to his cat and went to watch the TV. His mom found out about his trick after she heard the cat barfing. Milo is busted by his mom and sent to his room.

This is one of my favorite scenes when his mom said, “Life would be better for me if I don’t have to be a nagging mom” and Milo replied, “Life would be better for me if I didn’t have a mom.” Of course, his mom was shocked and sad when she heard his reply. She turned away, looking disappointed with tears rolling down her eyes.

Shortly, Milo began to miss his mom. He looked for her in her room and he discovered that she was abducted by Martians, who had studied their family from afar, sent a space ship to his lawn and speed her away. Milo ran right up to the space ship and screamed, “Let my mom go!”, he grabbed onto the ladder and he was lifted into the space ship as he began a rescue attempt.

Okay, I shall not reveal too much about this movie here. Nonetheless, it’s a sad fact that many of us realize how much we need our moms only when they are away from us. This science-fiction comedy reminds us as well as our kids that even if moms occasionally nag and discipline, they do it all out of love.