Friday, September 16, 2011

Sarah Jessica Parker Dishes on Relationships, Mommy Guilt, and Womanhood in Screening and Discussion of "I Don't Know How She Does It."

**This review does NOT contain spoilers.**

All the stars aligned perfectly in this jam-packed week of mine when I was invited by the lovely ladies of Moms And The City -- Denise, Melissa, and Raina to attend an advanced intimate screening of I Don't Know How She Does It, which was followed by a discussion with the author of the best-selling novel of the same name, Allison Pearson, and... wait for it.... Mrs. Sarah Jessica Parker herself.

L to R: Melissa Gerstein, Allison Pearson, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Raina Seitel, and Denise Albert
Now, you may not know this, but I'm obsessed with all things Sex And The City. I have every season on DVD and both of the films, and I watch them religiously. I quote lines from the popular HBO series like it's nobody's business and I can recite every line in every episode without missing a beat. And I can tell you every outfit that Carrie Bradshaw and the gals wore in almost every episode. My name is Alicia and I'm a SATC-aholic. Acceptance is the first step.

Needless to say, you can imagine my excitement to attend this event. And the stars aligned perfectly. Sure, I may have begged my sister to hangout with Aiden for a few hours (and even offered to do her homework assignments for an entire month!), but, you know... it was all for the greater good.

The film was an absolute delight to watch. There were definitely moments when I felt as though the protagonist, Kate Reddy, was telling my life as so much of it resonated with my soul. It's a tough world out there for busy moms -- working and stay at home -- trying to safely and sanely manage it all without making anything fall through the cracks. Sarah Jessica Parker does a fantastic job of depicting the character in a way that I think will really relate to many, many women.

There will be moments when you will laugh, moments when you will cry, and moments when you will do some serious soul-searching, but one thing's for sure, you'll have a good time doing it.

After the screening, we had a heart-to-heart discussion about the film and all the things that make us beautiful women. From mommy guilt (yes, SJP feels it too at times when she is away from her children), to relationships (for SJP, the school year seems to challenge her and Matthew's relationship the most as they try to handle everything with the kids and their academic and extracurricular activities, which leaves little time for romance) to having children in your 20's, 30's or 40's, we discussed it all.

And Sarah Jessica Parker? What a darling! She's cool, comical, and down-to-earth. Oh, and all kinds of sexy. Plus, I love that she is humbled and aware of her many blessings.

I Don't Know How She Does It hits theaters today, September 16th, so try to ditch the mommy guilt (if only for one night), book a sitter (or beg your sister), and make a night of it with the gals. You'll be glad that you did.

Favorite quote from the movie: "Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman." ~ Kate Reddy.

Thanks so much to Moms and the City, The Weinstein Company, and American Express for hosting this lovely event!

{Disclaimer: Event attendees received complimentary gift bags. All opinions expressed herein are my own, but may be affected by the fact that I love SJP. Totally kidding. Sorta.}


  1. I had no idea Sarah Jessica Parker had children! Oh and yeah, she is a sympathetic person. I saw her on Project Runway once and she was really mild on the participants while the other judges were quite harsh. Anyway, here's to being a SATC-aholic!

  2. I look a you a lot and think "I don't know how she does it" honestly it's inspiring as a young mother

  3. Thanks for the info. Sounds like a great event, definitely an opportunity you had to go for!

  4. Sarah looks GREAT and i liked the movie a lot too! Aww, I love that she is so cool and down-to-earth in person!

  5. What a fab event! Love SJP. She's got remarkable style. I love the dress she wore to this event.

    OK, taking your advice and booking a sitter so I get out to see the movie. Sounds like a good one!!

  6. @November Issue: Aww... thanks so much! Thank is super sweet, but honestly, I look to other women for inspiration as well. You guys all inspire ME... more than you know :-)

    @Sabrina: Cheers! I'll drink to that!

  7. That is too fun and I love SJP! And I heart the quote from the movie:-)

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  10. Jessica Parker is one of the most versatile actor of late 90s and after that, She nailed her role in the Masked Singer & many other movies, now that she has gotten older she isn't seen much.


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