Genre: Comedy

Director: Douglas McGrath

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Olivia Munn, Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan

**

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna is like the McDonald’s of female friendly rom-coms. She churns 'em out good and regular and the meals always taste about the same. They go down easy and leave you greasy.

But in this rom-com factory, sometimes the deep-fryer’s not working just right and you’re left with the tepid mush that all these films really are.

This is a film based on the book by the same name, written by Allison Pearson. By most accounts it was a palatable story about a hard-working mom whose demanding job sometimes puts her at odds with mommy duties. Translated to 90 minute short-hand, it becomes a screechy, silly caricature that leaves little room for subtlety.

 
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