Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudekis, Britt Robertson, Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Sarah Chalke, Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell, Aasif Mandvi, Robert Pine, Jack Whitehall, Hector Elizando, Jon Lovitz
Directed By: Garry Marshall
I know I’m supposed to hate this film. It’s just so damn sappy, and it’s not true “art”, and all that nonsense. Look, yes, it is sappy. In the end, everyone is doing just fine, and everything works out. It’s one of the happiest outlooks on life possibly ever captured on film. It’s like someone sucked the lifeforce out of Shirley Temple, mixed it with a box of puppies, and out came Mother’s Day.
But, I have to admit I didn’t hate the film. There’s something oddly uplifting about it, like it could be one of those films you find yourself watching on cable one day, and not hating it. I’m not saying to rush out and watch it, but if its on USA one day, it might cheer you up, and isn’t that a respectable result for a film?
The ensemble film features a wide range of stories. Aniston plays a divorced mother trying her hardest to raise her kids in an amicable relationship with her ex (Olyphant) and his surprise new, much younger wife (Mitchell). She’s also a talented interior decorator, and gets a job for a famous TV host (Roberts). Because everything in this movie ties together, Aniston is friends with Robertson’s young mother, who is the daughter that Roberts gave up when she was 16. There’s also Kate Hudson, her lesbian sister Sarah Chalke, and their racist/homophobic mother Margo Martindale. But, through sheer force of will, you know she’s not going to be racist/homophobic at the end of the film.
And so this film has some kind of male presence, Jason Sudekis plays a widower struggling with how to celebrate Mother’s Day with his two daughters.
Happy endings. I promised them for all characters.
I liked the cast. I love Jennifer Aniston in just about anything, ever. Jack Whitehall was a nice standout from the supporting cast, and the brief moments where he’s at the comedy club are the funniest the film has to offer. I did think it was silly how famous Roberts was, considering she hosts a show that’s the equivalent of QVC. I’m not sure that even if you were the Oprah of QVC that everyone would be watching your show and know who you were. It’s a huge leap.
Also, what exactly do these people do for a living? They all live in these beautiful houses, and they only tell us what a few of them do. Hell, even Robertson’s house was nice, and her boyfriend is a bartender. They never mention what her job is, but with a baby at home, I can’t imagine she earns enough to live where they live.
Some will hate this film. Some will find it hard to swallow so much sugary sweetness. Others will enjoy it for what it is. You’ll be one or the other. I didn’t hate it.
FINAL GRADE: C+