Mother’s Day is a comedy which explores what it’s like to be family today


Release date:April 29, 2016
Studio:Open Road Films
Director:Garry Marshall
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Screenwriters:Anya Kochoff-Romano, Matt Walker, Tom Hines
Starring:Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo, Jack Whitehall
Genre:Drama, Comedy, Romance

[divider]Mother’s Day is a comedy which explores what it’s like to be family today, in all it’s variations and confusions, and how funny that can be.  Director Garry Marshall has assembled his cast of famous friends and actors who seem to be having a great time celebrating and bemoaning the way things are today.  Mother’s Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and (as always) Hector Elizondo just to name a few of the familiar faces that Marshall is able to call on.  I don’t think Garry Marshall actually his large ensemble movies, he simply sends out invitations and everyone rushes to R.S.V.P.  They know they will be in for a good time and the audience will be too.

There are a several story lines that run together in this movie, almost too many to name.  Aniston’s character Sandy is adjusting to divorced life when her husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) lets her know he’s moved on.  Sandy responds by creating a great circus of a party to compete with her husband’s new wife and life.  The party seems to represent the circus of the film itself, everything happening at the same time, filled with laughter and tears.  Julia Roberts’ Miranda has focused on her career with little thought to family, especially Mother’s Day.  That’s about to change for her.  Some of the best comedy and deeper moments comes from Jason Sudeikis (Bradley) who can’t face Mother’s Day after his Marine wife Dana (Jennifer Garner) dies in the Middle East.  Sudeikis brings some of the funniest and most poignant moments in the movie.

Now, who is going to love this movie?  This movie will probably appeal to adult children the most, it’s not avslapstick comedy or action film to appeal to younger audiences.   However, the cast is absolutely amazing, and it’s another fine film by the beloved director of Pretty Woman, Garry Marshall.  There are some great moments in the movie, but it could have been funnier, and may have too many story lines running together.