Entertainment Hive 2020

Mother’s Day

Review by Honey B

Director: Garry Marshall Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Chalke, Margo Martindale Plot: Mother's Day is the latest star studded ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman, Valentine's Day). Bringing together Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts along with Jason Sudeikis, it's a celebration of mothers everywhere. This big-hearted comedy invites us all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love as three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother's Day. Verdict: Mother’s Day is much like a well-worn pair of mum’s old slippers. This is director Garry Marshall’s third flick to follow this classic formula where all of the protagonists’ lives criss-cross and ultimately come together at the end of the flick. Featuring a star-studded cast, just like Marshall’s previous flicks Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, this holiday fare pulls at the heartstrings and pushes all of the familiar emotional buttons – try as you might there will be tears. The lead story in this multi-layered tale set in Atlanta is that of Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) who is a divorced mother with two young boys (Caleb Brown & Brandon Spink). She is shocked to learn that her suave ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) has remarried a much younger woman (Shay Mitchell). Meanwhile sisters Jesse (Kate Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke) have moved across the other side of America to escape their bigoted parents (Margo Martindale & Robert Pine) and hide their choices in life partners. Rounding out the romantic mix are Kristin (Britt Robertson) who is a young mother with abandonment issues and Jason Sudeikis who is a widower trying to bring up his two young daughters and still grieving the loss of his wife. Throw in Julia Roberts as a seemingly soulless home shopping network diva, Miranda, and the groundwork is set. There’s no denying this movie is formulaic, you can see where each character is headed in the blink of an eye and after almost two hours everything is tied up in a neat little package not like some mysterious art-house film where you have to choose your own ending. The ensemble cast truly seem to be having a great time, the child actors are all very talented and the happy ending wins out every time. Aniston does a truly superb job of carrying this movie with some moving, serious and funny moments. It’s lovely to see Roberts and Hector Elizondo work together again – just as they did in Pretty Woman. Mum’s the word as this light-hearted rom com tugs at the heartstrings and tickles the funny bone.
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