Film review by Steve Duffy –
As Mother’s Day draws close, a group of seemingly unconnected people come to terms with the relationships they have with their mothers.
Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband (Timothy Olyphant) has recently remarried a younger woman named Tina (Shay Mitchell).
Miranda (Julia Roberts), the queen of infomercials, gave up her only child, Kristin (Britt Robertson) for adoption at birth. But as a grown-up Kristin prepares herself for marriage, she begins to contemplate the missing part in her life and is encouraged by her friend, Jesse (Kate Hudson), to go out and find her mother. Meanwhile, Jesse, who never sees her mother (Margo Martindale), is surprised by her parents when they come to visit and must come to terms with their failing relationship.
A single-dad (Jason Sudeikis) plans on having his two girls ignore Mother’s Day since their military mom (Jennifer Garner) was killed in combat a year ago.
Garry Marshall’s third formulaic holiday series (“New Year’s Eve,” “Valentine’s Day”), “Mother’s Day” is a big sloppy mess. The script is weak and with so many characters, none of them become developed enough to get invested in. Aniston’s character is the only one that seems like a real person.
There are a few funny scenes, but not enough to make the movie worth seeing. Like it did for me, “Mother’s Day” will quickly fade from your memory immediately after you walk through the exit door.
If you love your mother, you will not take her to see this movie.
Rating: PG-13 for language and some suggestive material
Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.