Mother’s Day: Film Review – Funny But Predictable

Verdict: A light yet emotional movie that could have been so much more.
 
Mother's Day (the actual Mother's Day is on the 8th of May) is just around the corner, and we have been expecting at least one movie about mothers. The modern-day mother-child relationship is a little more than just love. A mother and her child can frustrate each other, argue and be critical of each other. It takes a lot to get it assembled perfectly on screen. Mother's Day attempts to do just that, and manages to get it right in parts.
 
Mother's Day has a lot of characters, around whom the story revolves. They seem independent, but as an audience, you already know they are not. Sandy (Aniston) is a divorcee with two pre-pubescent sons. Her ex-husband (Olyphant) has gotten remarried to a much younger and prettier woman (Shay Mitchell) and Sandy is struggling to come to terms with her. Jesse (kate Hudson) avoids her mother. She is married to an Indian man (Asif Mandvi) but is afraid to let her slightly racist parents know about it. Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) has lost his wife a year ago and is raising two daughters by himself. He struggles to be both – their mom and their dad. Miranda (Julia Roberts) is a celebrated, best-selling author, and had given up her child for adoption a long time ago, in order to concentrate on her career. Kristen (Britt Robertson), on the other hand, is an adopted as a child, who is in search of her biological mother. You see where this is going.
Though the story is predictable, the movie is light and doesn't get sappy at all. The humor in the movie ranges from being slapstick to sit-com-ish and then a little physical comedy as well. The plot is old and the formula of people's-seemingly-independent-lives-converge-towards-the-end has been explored way too many times. There are blatant references to make sure that nothing is missed and it gets a little grating. Like when Shay Mitchell's character asks Aniston's character to “Tweet to her”, you cannot miss the point that Mitchell is young and Aniston is, well, not young. Everyone does a good job at playing their parts. Sudeikis and Aniston seem like they are in a sitcom but they make us laugh nonetheless. However, the saving grace of the movie is Julia Roberts, even with her wig. Her smile still lights up the entire room. Her performance is full of ease and there's something so likable about her that you won't be able to take your eyes off her when she is in the frame.
 
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Mother's Day is a feel-good movie and it makes for a good one-time watch. The funny moments and Julia Roberts are the highlights of the movie. Take your mum out for this one over the weekend for some good laughs and light entertainment.

Release Date: 29 Apr, 2016
Language: English
Director: Garry Marshall
Genre: Comedy
Cast & Crew: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Hudson
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