Mother’s Day draws close, a group of seemingly unconnected people in Atlanta come to terms with the relationships they have with their mothers. Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband has recently remarried a younger woman named Tina (Shay Mitchell). Miranda (Julia Roberts) is an accomplished writer who gave up her only child, Kristin (Britt Robertson), for adoption at birth. But as a grown-up Kristin prepares herself for marriage, she begins to contemplate the missing part in her life and is encouraged by her friend, Jesse (Kate Hudson), to go out and find her mother. Meanwhile, Jesse and Gabi, who never see their mother, are surprised by their parents when they come to visit and must come to terms with their failing relationship.
Seeing as it is Mother’s Day it seemed appropriate to review this little film. And despite all the negative reviews this film has received this isn’t a bad film. It has its moments some good, some not so good.
This is a film that is predictable, obvious and full of cliches. There is nothing new in this telling and happy endings for all are a given. But only after we have banged out heads on the walls a few times as it feels we are getting no where and the characters wallowed in self pity.
And seeing as the film takes so long to introduce ever character, even with this stellar cast, it is no surprise that when the story gets rolling that it feels misplaced and rushed. There is not a sense of luxury, of taking the time to tell the story. There is just a rush to get to the happy ending.
Jennifer Aniston’s story line is, perhaps, the most enjoyable and the most realistic. But then you have the awkward story line – that of Kate Hudson and sister Sarah Chalke – who are keeping their children secret from their racist, homophobic Texas parents. Yay.
Despite all this it is an enjoyable film, that’s easy to watch and laugh along with. Just don’t take it too seriously.