From the director who brought us “New Year’s Eve” and “Valentine’s Day”, comes “Mother’s Day,” a disastrously mundane film at best and a repugnant and offensive film at worst. The story follows the handful of lives, vaguely interconnected, on a journey of everyday (insert wealthy here) life. Two hours of precious time is wasted on a cringe-worthy, embarrassing portrayal of family and a weak stab at social commentary that begs audiences to be partial to the phrase, “cry me a river.” Its attempts at being funny miss the target by a long shot and to be blunt, it is downright boring. Saying the film is an underwhelming catastrophe is an understatement.
Miranda, hosts an infomercial-like talk show, popular for unknown reasons, with ridiculous hair on top of it all that even Julia Roberts’ dazzling smile can’t save. Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), divorcee with two boys, has big problems (insert sarcasm here). She plays an overworked mom, with every sympathy for her frustrations towards her ex (Timothy Olyphant) and his new wife (Shay Mitchell), but none for the comfortable life she leads (top notch career, beautiful home, good kids, affable relationship with her ex and, not to mention, time for yoga). Completely out of place is the non-traditional family, starring Kate Hudson as Jesse, her Indian-American (emphasized to the extreme) husband, Russell (Aasif Mandvi), her sister Gabi (Sarah Chalke) and Gabi’s partner Max (Cameron Esposito), who hide their marriages and kids from their racist and homophobic parents, played by Margo Martindale and Robert Pine.
Wait, there’s more! Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) plays a widowed father of two cute child stars, Vicky (Ella Anderson) and Rachel (Jessi Case), who have more honest moments than the whole movie itself. Nothing ties together save for Sudeikis and Aniston’s meet-cute, where there is nothing cute about it, and another little surprise that was just plain flat and anticlimactic. Then there’s Kristin (Britt Robertson) and Zack (Jack Whitehall), who play the young, unmarried couple with a baby. It’s only Zack’s stab at comedy that elevates this pair into the slightly less repulsive zone.
One would expect such a cheesy movie to try to elicit that fuzzy feeling to provide redemption, but even low expectations couldn’t alleviate the situation. The emotional range of the whole storyline is bleak, the characters superficial and the timing inadequate. The direction of each plot line was inevitable once realized that there is nowhere to go on a flat line.
The film embodied a sprinkle of diversity that was forced and portrayed through an eagle’s eye, embodying stereotypes and perpetuating ridiculous jokes that are ridiculously offensive and insulting. Further insult goes to mothers everywhere, just by the shallow nature of the film, as well as to the usually outstanding actors who were sucked into this black hole.
It was trying really hard to present modern age couples and traditional attitudes, but did so with a droopy pointed finger, misplaced elements and through a very narrow lens. There was no gusto, no real plot, fabricated and nonsensical conflict and a lack of cohesiveness. The writers were trying to cram too many shapes and sizes in a vacuum with no substance to boot. “Mother’s Day” will bore even the most family friendly audiences due to its superficial, suburban world of generic sentiment and overall pointlessness.
"Mother's Day's" attempts at being funny miss the target by a long shot and to be blunt, it is downright boring. Saying the film is an underwhelming catastrophe is an understatement.