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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Long after lice from her children's school infested Kate's scalp, I was scratching my head about why a 91-minute movie seemed so long. The answer came from reframing the question. Why was a string of sitcom problems stretched to 91 minutes?

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The second insurmountable problem is the difference between Parker's performance as a fortysomething banker, wife, and mother musing (in voice-over) at her computer and her previous performance as a single, thirtysomething girl-about-town in "Sex and the City": There is none. I don't know why she does it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Has nothing remotely new or comical in its arsenal. In fact, this vacuous farce has nothing original to say about marriage, working parenthood, child-rearing or corporate America.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Amusing, but formulaic, romantic comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Frantic working mom tale doesn't have much teen appeal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book-based comedy about a mom (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) balancing work and family is more likely to appeal to adults than kids and teens. There's a fair bit of sexual innuendo and discussion about sex, both in and out of marriage (including a humorous reference to oral sex), but aside from a husband and wife kissing and hugging, no actual sexual activity is shown. Profanity isn't constant, though one scene has the main character repeating "s--t" multiple times. Teens who do watch will see mostly positive messages about the value of women in the workplace and the rewards of family life.

  • Families can talk about balancing responsibilities. How does this film portray how adults manage home and work? Does it seem realistic? What are some of the challenges your family faces mixing work, school, and family responsibilities?
  • What is the movie's message about working women? About the responsibilities of childrearing? Does this movie challenge or reinforce gender stereotypes?
  • Talk about the relationships between women in this movie. Are they supportive? Are they realistic? What messages does the movie express about female friendships and conflicts?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Supports the idea that a woman's career is important and valuable, and so is her family. Shows the challenges and rewards of balancing work and family. Some stereotyping of male and female roles played for humor.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The main character is a successful financial manager with a supportive, loving family. She struggles to balance the challenges of work and family, including battling sexism at work, constant demands from family, and a frazzled schedule that leaves her always feeling rushed and behind.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of discussion about marital sex and relationships. A married couple prepares for sex, though it doesn't happen. A few scenes of passionate kissing, with the implication that sex will happen. Discussion about a couple's lack of sex. A humorous written and spoken reference to oral sex. Several instances of strong sexual innuendo played for humor. A scene takes place in a strip club, but only the feet of a female dancer are visible.

  • language false3

    Language: A few instances of "hell," "ass," "a--hole," and "oh my God," plus several uses of "s--t" -- in one scene the word is repeated about 10 times in rapid succession.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Several examples of product placement: Bisquick, Pellegrino, Delta, Lumber Liquidators, North Face.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Multiple scenes of social drinking by adults -- wine with dinner, beer at bars, martinis at restaurants. One joke about mixing vodka and Xanax as a way to cope.