An ensemble cast—Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis (to name a few)—portrays Mother’s Day from numerous viewpoints: a divorcee who must share her sons with their new step-mother; two sisters (one a lesbian and the other married to a man from India) attempt to keep their relationships secret from their parents; a young woman seeks her biological mother; a widower still lingering in grief strives to help his daughters celebrate Mother’s Day; and other storylines.
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Family relationships and situations provide conflict but nobody resorts to violence, so ClearPlay mainly deals with racial slurs, mild profanity, at least one F-word, and some suggestive scenes.
So, will we celebrate Mother’s Day the movie? …
It’s Garry Marshall’s last film as director and I really wanted to love it, but Mother’s Day is star-thick and plot-thin. If I want a cast of strong women, I turn to Steel Magnolias. And for a man playing the role of mother, Mr. Mom is top of my list. As for Mother’s Day, I didn’t even pause the mediocre movie to get a snack since doing so would have prolonged the awkward agony. Like being served a burnt toast breakfast in bed by an unfamiliar child, it’s a film only its own mother could love.
Trudy Bockoven, ClearPlay Wearer of Macaroni Necklaces
Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material; 118 mins; Directed by Garry Marshall