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Published on April 29th, 2016 | by Tracey Barrientos

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what a perfect film to celebrate all mothers on their special day. From the bright comedic mind behind “Pretty Woman”, “Valentines Day” and “New Years Eve” Gary Marshal has brought us another comedy based on the upcoming holiday.

The film follows the lives of four families. Jennifer Aniston plays Sandy a divorced single mother of two young sons. She has grown jealous of her ex husbands new bride Tina (Shay Mitchell). Kate Hudson and Sarah Chalke play sisters who have hidden their personal lives from their racist parents. Julia Roberts plays a high profile HSN host who finds her true self after meeting her biological daughter. Jason Sudakis plays a widowed father of two who finds it hard to move on from his late wife’s death and being a single father of two girls. Each of their lives intertwine in this heartwarming comedy.

Gary Marshal is a genius of the romantic comedy genre. Not only does he make the audience laugh but he does it while raising awareness to issues like interracial and same sex marriages. The predictability of certain situations in the film is present but doesn’t take away from the flow or the comedy. I was fortunate to have been able to bring my mom to the screening of this film and both her and myself enjoyed how heartwarming and funny it was. I encourage you to take your mothers to this simply heartfelt film.

3.5 out of 5

Review By Jennifer Gomez

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. In this comedy from the director Garry Marshall he presented a series of interconnected stories where various Atlanta residents wend their way through the highs and lows of this celebration. The stories revolve around Miranda (Julia Roberts) a infomercials TV host, Jesse (Kate Hudson) a young mom trying to strengthen her relationship with her own mother after keeping her marriage to an Indian doctor (and their child) a secret from her racist Texas parents, Jesse’s sister Gabi (Sarah Chalke) is married to a woman, for that reason she is also deceiving the parents, with whom the two only communicate by Skype, Sandy (Jeniffer Aniston) a recent divorcee looking for love and trying to overcome that her ex-husband re-married a hottie 20-something woman and Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) a widower whose military wife has died in the middle east conflict, while he is trying to raise two girls (one 16 and beginning to date).

When Jesse and Gabi’s parents arrive unexpectedly from Texas by RV and discover that both of their daughters have been fronting some major lifestyle facades, all hecks breaks loose.
There is a lot happening in this movie, has some predictable storylines and there may be some salty language and suggestive material in this movie that aims to celebrate motherhood in its many forms. Something a little bit upsetting about this film is that all the people in this movie are beautiful, wealthy and have gorgeous homes. Nobody has a job and there are no villains, no bad guys, even Disney and Pixar have villains in their films.

The film has a complete star cast, but the screenplay is just blah but for being honest I wasn’t looking for a great plot in this movie, I kind of knew what to expect from one of Marshal films (Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve) the movie picks up for some really funny moments.

This celebration of mothers everywhere invites us all to enjoy the laughter, tears and love and I will take my mom to watch it, not because it is a great movie but it is funny, light and we will enjoy a nice dinner afterwards.

2 of 5


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