It’s sweet, but Yawnsville beck­ons

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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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