What it's about:
In a celebration of mothers everywhere, it’s laughter, tears, and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.
What we thought:
There’s not much one can expect from Garry Marshall but the sheer highlight of a clichéd holiday rom-com to celebrate one of the most universal experiences on Earth – being a mother.
I have to admit after watching the movie I heard only bad things about it, and while I won’t let it cloud my judgement, I’ll be honest Mother’s Day is nothing to write home about but it’s not that bad either.
Much like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day the movie is packed with all-time favourite stars, which is probably the only thing that will get you to watch and enjoy the film. Maybe.
So I’ll lay it down like this:
What I liked about Mother’s Day is the miscellaneous use of mothers, especially in today’s day and age. It’s good to see the different homes kids are exposed to whether it’s having a single mom, a stepmother, a father who has to fulfil both roles, having parents of different races or of the same sex.
You don’t necessarily have to have physically birthed a child to be a mother.
The starring roles – Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson – managed to keep a smile on my face throughout the film but I have to commend Jen. Not many people realise how innocently funny she is. Another standout was Jack Whiteall (Zack) - who plays Brit Robertson’s comedian baby daddy - he genuinely brings a laugh that was direly needed!
Now, what I didn’t like about the movie was that while Garry uses a diverse field of families, his outdated plots don’t follow suit with his modern set-up.
Where in today’s world do people still cringe at the thought of buying a girl tampons, especially a man who is pretty much around women all day. It just doesn’t make sense.
Another is the notion that a woman can’t have the career and a family, she must choose one - cue Julia Roberts and that awful wig from Notting Hill. No one can tell me to choose between having a career and having a baby. What year are we in?
I also got the vibe that the entirety of the film was trying too hard. There were too many differences in these characters to make them all intertwine but yet they still did.
Maybe if there were less people to worry about, a more refined view of being a mother would have been depicted, thus making it a better watch.