Director Douglas McGrath's film adaptation of Allison Pearson's novel I Don't Know How She Does It tells the tale of a contemporary woman who "has it all" (marriage, children, career) and therefore must do it all, and soundtrack album producer Richard Glasser has amassed a collection of pop tunes to accompany the resulting comic complications. Bouncy soul-pop of the 1960s and ‘70s is the rule, sometimes with lyrics that suggest the movie's theme, such as a 1975 Koko Taylor rendition of "Big Boss Man." Much of the time, however, the mood is lightly romantic, as in such selections as Betty Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E," and Bill Withers' "Lovely Day." There are also tracks unique to the film that touch on the story line, notably Little Jackie's recording of "Move to the Beat," a neo-Motown number that might have been penned for the heroine played by Sarah Jessica Parker, with lines like "You're looking at the queen of multi-tasking." Parker herself contributes a brief a cappella chorus of the Guys & Dolls show tune "A Bushel and a Peck," straight from the film's actual soundtrack. Tying the Motown mood directly to the film is Holly Palmer's "It's How We Play," a collaboration between score composer Aaron Zigman and former Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier. (There is also an album of Zigman's score.) Although the Adult Top 40/AC ballads "One Warm Coat" (by Damato) and "Along for the Ride" (by William Kimball) get across the wistful, sensitive moments in the movie, most of the music here supports a happy, if busy tone, buoying up the main character as she strives to juggle the sometimes conflicting parts of her modern life.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann