Finally, a decent movie to watch, without violence-stress-nudity and full of heartfelt moments with humor. I really appreciate there are still lighthearted movies like Mother’s Day when I just want to relax. This movie is very funny and has lots of funny, entertaining lines to laugh about later. I don’t understand the rude reviews and the harsh comments.
Mother’s Day hits all the emotional buttons of contemporary mothers everywhere. In some ways, perhaps too well, while revealing much of what most Americans experience but hide and avoid talking or feeling about. Garry Marshall (of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley) has once again created fabulous comedy-drama that somehow in spite of all the various characters the story lines remain believable and entertaining.
This movie taps into many of the hidden difficulties of being both a female and a mother and acknowledges their wonderful and vital contribution to humanity. By tapping into the female psyche, Mother’s Day is a tribute to better, quality movies so sorely under-rated by the male film industry and critics that can’t comprehend what this movie is really about.
The cast has good natural chemistry with each other. I really liked Jennifer Aniston in this, she is funny, looks great for 48, and has good chemistry with Timothy Olaphant, who plays her ex-husband. Julia Roberts, in spite of her Pretty Woman hairdo, has a well written character and definitely has the deepest character development. Kate Hudson is pretty funny and entertaining too. Jennifer Garner makes a very brief cameo, which is a nice touching scene.
Mother’s Day isn’t meant to be an Oscar nominee. But it isn’t crude, offensive or inappropriate for families and that says a lot to me about Gary Marshall and his movies. I think we need more movies about real families with different problems, life issues, family bonds and humor. I recommend Mother’s Day as a good choice for a “feel good” evening.