If you are looking for a movie that you can take mom to, Mother’s Day is a perfect fit. But don’t expect more than a trite movie about a variety of “Mother Stereotypes”. I’m giving it a C.
Directed by Garry Marshall, Mother’s Day features an ensemble cast of big name actors and actresses showcasing a variety of stories about being a mother and dealing with the issues involving the relationship between mothers and daughters. With Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, and Jason Sudeikis in the main roles, there’s a story that will connect with each viewer, from the widower trying to raise two daughters to the divorced mom dealing with her ex’s new, younger wife.
While this is a cute movie that people will connect with, it falls flat. The story is predictable and feels more like a Hallmark movie or a Nicholas Sparks book. Yet, with the heartwarming moments, it’s a good movie for a date with mom. There’s nothing really in the movie to offend or shock.
It’s funny how I love to watch the credits at the end. Mother’s Day features outtakes during the credits which will have you laughing and seeing just how human our favorite actors and actresses are. Like with other movies, Mr. Marshall utilizes his own family talents in this movie with children, grandchildren and sisters in roles. Penny Marshall, of Laverne and Shirley fame, is the opening narrator. I seriously have to apologize for my own lack of a connection to help my children with their careers. Or maybe the recent wave of relatives working in movies is on account of not needing to pay the family members. After all, movies are expensive to make and many don’t make back their initial investment.
Looking for a fun time with mom for Mother’s Day, take her to see Mother’s Day…and don’t forget to spring for the big popcorn! She did give birth to you.
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