Mother's Day - Review
Mother's day is certainly a holiday worthy of a film, but does the intertwining stories method work out for this mother of all holidays movie?
Mother's Day, similar to it's film counterparts, New Years Eve and Valentine's Day, chooses to tell several different stories that criss cross and intertwine together. While this method has certainly proved popular in recent years, it is difficult to justify when the stories being told aren't as interesting as they could be. Mother's Day is the third in a series of films that focus on different holidays, each with all star casts whose stories all weave together. The highest rated on rotten tomatoes of the bunch is 2010's Valentine's Day, standing at 18%. The lowest, New Years Eve, is at 7%. Mother's Day falls right in between, at 8%. I don't let these scores influence my review, but it is good to be aware of them before going into this type of movie. The big problem with Mother's Day is that it tries so hard to be a unique, compelling, relevant comedy, and it just misses the mark. A-list actors? Check. Great source material? Check! Interesting stories? Not so much. While each of the main character's tales of woe are heart wrenching, they feel like copy and paste from other better romantic comedies.
The huge cast of Mother's Day includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, and Jennifer Garner. Jennifer Aniston mostly leads the pack, which seems like a smart fit for the ex Friends star, but she doesn't have the great ensemble always with her, ready to elevate her to greater heights. Mother's Day often suggests that certain characters will meet up or begin to fall in love, which is kind of the whole point of a movie based around revolving storylines. However, these characters usually make zero progress with one another, and usually just come off as shallow jerks (Jason Sudeikis, Kate Hudson).
Mother's Day often tries too hard to be relevant, to the point of irrelevance. The film suggests some ideas that it considers major issues, but are just too small or pointless to be taken seriously. The inclusion of Julia Robert's character, an HSN TV personality in the vain of Lori Greiner, is a confusing addition to the story. Her over the top personality and really fake orange wig don't help make her feel real or fake. She's not over the top, and she's not salt of the earth. Rather, her character acts as a road block for the story when it appears to be going forward too fast.
Mother's Day is an entertaining, silly comedy that tries to encompass what Mother's Day is all about, but fails to capture the heart. The talented cast is helpful, but they can't do much to save an uninspired script.
Pros- fun characters, some laugh out loud moments
Cons- boring stories, wasted cast, irrelevant themes