It’s sweet, but Yawnsville beckons
Mother’s Day Director: Garry Marshall Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother of two boys. Her husband married a younger woman and she doesn’t like sharing her kids with his new wife. Her friend Jesse (Kate Hudson) hasn’t been in contact with her mother for some time as they do not see eye to eye, and Jesse has kept her marriage and family a secret from her parents. Merinda (Julia Roberts) is a successful career woman who gave up her only child for adoption and Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) is a widower raising two girls.
Bradley will connect with Sandy, Jesse with her estranged parents and Merinda’s daughter will come back into her life. They all come to celebrate Mother’s Day in a meaningful way in the end, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.
Mother’s Day is a star-filled movie from the director of Valentine’s Day and Pretty Woman. Aniston’s sterling performance carries the film and Roberts shines, as always. But even they can’t raise Mother’s Day much beyond a meh. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it. The movie has a sense of humour and I laughed out loud. Plus, the issues these women face are universal and I could relate to them.
However, Mother’s Day is still a bit of a yawn. The story line is on the nose and predictable, and, quite frankly, I started getting bored. There was nothing new or meaningful on offer.
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