” ‘Mother’s Day’ is the latest star studded ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall (“Pretty Woman,” “Valentine’s Day”). Bringing together Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts along with Jason Sudeikis, it’s a celebration of mothers everywhere. This big-hearted comedy invites us all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.”
I love these ensemble cast movies and driving off for a Friday morning tea and movie was a decadent treat for movie buddy and I. We were gleeful as we bid a cheery hello to the 3 other people in the cinema and promptly sat wherever we wanted. Yes its a bit after the actual mother’s day here in NZ but thats ok, us Mums are used to waiting patiently.
Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson are 3 fab folks and Jason Sudekis is good too. Director Garry Marshall is a legend. He made Mork & Mindy! And a bunch of other cool stuff. So things were lining up for a good time.
Mother’s Day executed some things perfectly. Much like The Famous Five stories of old, there were enough characters and storylines for most to find a situation or person to identify with.
My identity date was Jennifer Aniston’s character Sandy, who is coming to terms with her ex-husband moving on, making her own way in the world – and having to share her kids with his new partner. Jennifer did this well. She was a right hot mess at times.
Julia Roberts was very cool playing Miranda, a famous shopping network host. Apparently Garry Marshall talked to her about this role at a children’s Little League game (her son was playing against his grandson, I guess that’s LA life?) Anyhow, Julia nailed this character. I won’t give the game away here but let’s just say, some of the 5 of us in the cinema (but not me) were wiping happy tears away for Miranda at times…
The other 2 storylines were ok ideas although movie buddy and I felt the movie could have explored both of these much more deeply and trimmed a lot of the scenes at the same time, taking a less-is-more approach. Jason Sudekis plays a grieving widower who’s not coping with looking after his daughters and Kate Hudson plays a woman dealing with her own racist, bigoted mother. Now Kate can do any role, but she wasn’t asked to do much here. There’s a gratuitous bra scene (FFS!) and a runaway RV sequence that could have been cut out completely, not to mention cheesy conflict resolution.
I like the way Garry Marshall keeps the people ‘ordinary’ in this Mother’s Day world – that is, apart from stellar Miranda, who is over the top – and rightly so. The storylines intersect, always a highlight of this genre (remember Sarah Jessica Parker at the end of New Year’s Eve?) Things were happily wrapped up leaving a feel good Friday morning movie pair exiting the cinema.
But the Brits do execute this genre better.
I just had a look at Rotten Tomatoes to see what others thought of this movie. Kinda wish I hadn’t – 8% ouch!
And a featurette: