717. Mother’s Day

717-mothers-dayBackground info

Title: Mother’s Day
Director: Garry Marshall
Year: 2016
Run time: 1hr 58m

“From Garry Marshall, the director of Pretty Woman and Valentine’s Day, comes Mother’s Day, an all-star comedy that celebrates parenthood and family. Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis lead an incredible cast in a film that intersects the lives of a group of people maneuvering their way through a crazy week of difficult relationships and family dysfunction in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. It’s a comedy that will make you laugh, cry and cheer!”

Live blog

1:40 – “…Or whatever ‘i’ they’re looking at.”
4:13 – Which is better, a long stare or a gawk?
6:03 – Jack Whitehall’s in this? Blimey.
10:58 – You can’t get family more close than living next door to you!
14:08 – Nuns working out in their habits is weird.
16:00 – “There’s no texting in soccer. There’s running, jumping, laughing, eye contact, even crying. No texting.”
19:49 – Epic house!
26:22 – Ah wait, Whitehall is playing a British stand up comedian? Not so much of a stretch!
33:27 – This new wife is a bit full on. I hate surprises too.
34:35 – “I don’t know what the rules are yet, but you’re breaking all of them.”
37:29 – PARIS! DRINK!
39:30 – Goal line technology required!
40:47 – “A pox upon your whistle.”
51:39 – I like Max’s hair but I couldn’t live one-sided like that.
59:05 – Choooon!
1:06:05 – Opening up to a clown is somewhat horrifying.
1:11:45 – Excitement at the salad fork reference, but oooof that’s shoehorned in.
1:30:43 – Marine dad is the best one.
1:41:58 – “Another hip-hop related casualty.”

Conclusions

This was Garry Marshall’s last film, which gives it a little poignancy, but I do think it was the weakest of the holiday themed outings. It’s always fun to see so many famous faces together, but just as with the previous one, they didn’t seem to have all that much to do with each other, aside from the odd “I know her from this mum group” or whatever.

Interesting to see the stories, but quite predictable, and the Pretty Woman references were slightly blatant. I did like the “As always” credit for Héctor Elizondo, he’s always wonderful. And Jason Sudekis appears to have grown more attractive with age, so that’s always a plus as well.

His storyline with Jennifer Aniston was the best in it, probably the whole film could have been about those two and their various ways of getting over their exes and getting to know each other. The stand-up was fun too, but then, that was just because it was stand up, and I’m not sure how that fits into a film really.

Rating: 2/5

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