“Mother’s Day” is a heartwarming story that depicts the experiences of four different families. The film begins prior to “Mother’s Day” and continues to that important day for all parties.
Starting with our first family, Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) has been divorced from her ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) for several years now and they have two kids. They still have a close friendship together and don’t keep secrets from each other. Henry surprises Sandy by informing her he just got remarried to a previous girlfriend named Tina (Shay Mitchell). To say the least things start to become a little overwhelming for Sandy.
Jesse (Kate Hudson) is married to Russell (Aasif Mandvi) who is from India and they have one child together. Her sister Gabi (Sarah Chalke), who lives next door, is in a marriage with another woman Max (Cameron Esposito). Her partner has one son and they have been keeping this a secret from Gabi’s parents, Earl (Robert Pine) and Flo (Margo Martindale), for some time now. Living so far away from them Jesse and Gabi it hasn’t been too hard to keep secrets.
Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) lost his wife recently and has two daughters’. It has been over a year and he is struggling with moving on. His 16 year old daughter, Rachel (Jessi Case) has begun to start dating without her father’s consent.
Kristin (Britt Robertson) and Zack (Jack Whitehall) recently had a baby, but they are not married. Kristin is afraid to get married because she is struggling with abandonment issues. She was adopted as a baby and never knew her mother. Miranda (Julia Roberts) is a host of the HSN Shopping network. She has never been married and spends most of her time improving her career.
All these stories bring about many different emotions and circumstances that eventually come to exciting conclusions. Along the way you will have many laughs and should enjoy all the very interesting and true life topics right up to the film’s fascinating endings.
Director Garry Marshall puts together another encouraging and touching storyline that is a sure winner with the ladies. I like the way he pieces together four interesting but different stories that have their way of tying all together. This film shines like his previous hits, “Valentine’s Day”, “Dear God”, and “The Princess Diaries”. He has a knack for putting together excellent everyday stories and turning them into a hit.
Final Grade: I give this an A for its spectacular storyline and wonderful acting.
Release Date: April 29, 2016
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Britt Robertson, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo, Jason Sudeikis, and Aasif Mandvi.
Director: Garry Marshall
Writer: Tom Hines, Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff , and Matthew Walker.
Runtime: 118 minutes (1 hour and 58 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material.
Genre: Comedy, and Drama.
Production Company: Open Road Films (II), Rice Films, and Gulfstream Pictures.