This is an assemble of stereotypical, yet unrealistic two dimensional characters. It tries to be fresh and creative but isn't. Jules is portrayed as a person w the rep of being "difficult" but is shown as being perfect. She never gets mad, she solves every problem, the only conflict she has is with her mom, this disembodied voice on a phone. You never learn why they don't get along, which would have been an interesting subplot.
Along comes Robert DiNiro. He's also perfect, and charming, and even though he's clearly a fish out of water at this start-up, never shows it. His only conflict is w the pushy neighbor that has the hots for him played by Valerie Harper, who is one of the most interesting characters, albeit just a cameo.
The movie, I don't know, is supposed to show that a woman can be strong but is pressured to need help because the big, bad VC investors say it's so? As for Jules' husband, I could see that trainwreck happening a mile away. Why do couples feel as though they have to choose between work and a career? You don't have to, especially if you have boatloads of money. Get help in the office and at home. Each parent can flex his/her hours to spend dedicated time w the daughter.
You can't expect a person who is rising in their career go full stop and become a nanny and personal assistant and not have that spouse feel resentment that's going to result in some issue. So it was no surprise when that happened.
It does suck that we continue to live in a society where women leaders can be perceived as bitches and not strong and powerful. But living well is the best revenge, rather than wallow in what people might think of you, show people that women, as well as men, can be breadwinners, hold down powerful jobs, and be a good parent.
I guess it would have been too cliched that in Jules' search for a CEO, she's got a perfect mentor standing in front of her: Robert DiNiro's character. His character seemed comfortable playing chauffer and nanny but I would have appreciated a talk between the 2 of them about how he could help her company by acting in an advisory capacity, or as a COO and should could be CEO.
I've been executive director of 2 different nonprofits and have owned my own company for 13 years. When I see movies with plotlines like this, I just have to shake my head. Business owners have to be tough sometimes, and Jules' character was shown as a problem solver, but you never saw her actually get tough. She was the one who saved the bride whose gowns arrived in the wrong color. But you don't see her having the conversation w the vendor who clearly effed up the order for this as well as who knows how many other orders.
If you want to see a movie w Anne Hathaway and De Niro, it has its charming moments. But it's a confection, a puff piece not even close to the reality of running a business as a woman.