Hello, fellow moviegoers!
The summer movie season is just around the corner, and that means that there will are a lot of holidays coming up that we’ll all forget about until the week before. There’s always a few films that come out to capitalize on these holidays and make a quick buck. The latest victim? Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis. It tells the stories of several different families as they approach Mother’s Day while they each deal with it and celebrate in their own ways. So is this movie good? Should you see it?
I’d like to start by saying that I have the utmost respect for Mother’s Day; it’s a great holiday. The Mother’s Day movie? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an absolutely terrible film. It’s not the type of film you sit down to roast with your friends. It’s a bad film in the sense that you may half-heartedly watch it once and then forget about it.
Let’s start with the cast. On paper, this film has a great cast. Jennifer Aniston has won a Golden Globe, Kate Hudson was nominated for an Oscar, Julia Roberts has won an Oscar, and Jason Sudeikis has been nominated for several awards. However, it’s painfully obvious that this film was mainly just a paycheck for all parties involved. Each actor/actress in this film gave at best mediocre performances that you’d expect out of a film like this.
The plot in this film is really where it struggles. It tells several different stories at the same time with characters from separate plots meeting up every once in a while. It’s not a bad storytelling method. Some of the best films and TV shows are told in such a manner (e.g. Game of Thrones, Pulp Fiction). However, in this film, none of these plotlines worked because A) They weren’t that interesting, and B) You didn’t care about any of the characters. Had either of those things happened, this would’ve been a good film. You can be interested in any story if it’s well written, even if the characters are boring; and vice versa you can enjoy a poorly written film if you’re interested in the characters. Since neither of those goals was met in this film, it’s just a boring two hour film about boring two-dimensional characters. The film as a whole has some sweet moments in it, but they would have been so much better had the rest of the film been on that level.
The worst part about this movie is that it’s very easy to see that almost nobody truly cared about it. You can easily tell that this was an idea a studio head came up with just to make a quick buck. It’s a cash grab. It’s not a bad thing, almost all movies are cash grabs in their own way. This one is just very evident about it. You couldn't feel any love or real effort put into the movie. It didn't really have any soul to it.
Boring films can be partially forgiven if they’re funny. Mother’s Day just isn’t really that funny either. There are plenty of jokes within the film, but a vast majority of them either fall flat or are just uncomfortable. There were a couple moments when I did chuckle a bit. That being said, all of those chuckles were in a scene where someone was doing stand-up comedy. It wasn’t anything to do with the plot, somebody was literally on a stage telling jokes, some of which were funny. Outside of that comedy club, I didn’t really laugh at all. It was more just awkward sitting.
Mother’s Day is not a good film. It’s boring, it's dreadfully long, and it’s not funny. All of the actors gave decent performances but nothing too commendable. It has some nice moments within it, but they’re short lived. The several plots were poorly written and predictable, plus, you didn’t care about any of the characters. I cannot recommend Mother’s Day. If you’re going to pay to go to a movie this weekend, see The Jungle Book. Or Zootopia. Or even The Hunstman for all I care. Just don’t waste your time with this one.
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