Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

Di­rec­tor: Garry Mar­shall ( Star­ring: Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Kate Hud­son, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis Ver­dict: Don’t save the date THESE days, vet­eran fi lm­maker Garry Mar­shall is con­tent to make lit­eral “date” movies: hammy, hug- and- mug aff airs where the sin­gle oc­ca­sion marked on the cal­en­dar is ac­tu­ally the en­tire plot. So, fol­low­ing on from the dire dou­ble- bill of Valen­tine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, we now come to Mother’s Day. It is a big fat blob of sticky, sit- commy gloop, sup­pos­edly cel­e­brat­ing the fem­i­nine side of good par­ent­ing. In­stead, it lands in a very bad place: an echo cham­ber of botched gags blurted out by id­i­otic car­i­ca­tures. Each is in­tended to come off as nat­u­rally wacky, but ap­pear to be clin­i­cally in­sane. Give this junk more than half a thought, and it will leave you hell- bent on spend­ing all fu­ture Mother’s Days pre­tend­ing you were con­ceived in a test- tube.

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