Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Garry Marshall (2016)

113min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The third part of a star-studded series with Valentine's Day (2010) and New Year's Eve (2011), this comedy follows several overwrought mothers (including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts) as they negotiate family traumas leading up to Mother's Day. Like the previous instalments, this is a drab mix of every romantic comedy convention that is neither realistic nor engaging. The movie relies almost solely on the appeal of its stars, with single parent Aniston and widower Jason Sudeikis being the most empathetic of the star-studded cast, but they all fall foul of a clumsy script that avoids the true hardships of motherhood in favour of picket-fenced relationship fantasies. Worse still, the story brings us baffling creations such as Margot Martindale's casually racist grandparent, and Roberts's icy home-shopping guru. In the end, this unbearably sentimental film offers a rare chance to see several romantic comedy queens share the screen, but very little else.

Summary

Ensemble comedy in which the lives of various families go through dramatic turning points. As Mother's Day approaches, the loosely connected characters all find themselves reconsidering what mothers and motherhood mean to them. Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson star.

Cast & Crew

Sandy Jennifer Aniston
Jesse Kate Hudson
Miranda Julia Roberts
Bradley Jason Sudeikis
Kristin Brittany Robertson
Henry Timothy Olyphant
Lance Wallace Hector Elizondo
Zack Zimm Jack Whitehall
Tina Shay Mitchell
Flo Margo Martindale
Second Lieutenant Dana Barton Jennifer Garner
Gabi Sarah Chalke
Motorcycle cop Larry Miller
Director Garry Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Sexual references. Edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Jun 2016
Comedy