Starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo, Britt Robertson, Jon Lovitz
Directed by Garry Marshall
2016 / 118 Minutes / Universal Pictures
Sadly Mother’s Day is the last feature from the late great Garry Marshall. It’s so unfortunate that this is the last movie on his list. A movie that is such a disastrous mess it’s near unwatchable.
I haven’t been a fan of Marshall’s holiday theme movies… New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and now Mother’s Day. All three of these movies suffer the same problems. A large all-star cast in a movie that feels like it was written a week before shooting started. They all fail because the storylines are so thin and contrived and the characters are all one note and extremely dull. None of the various storylines are original, we’ve all see this kind of comedy which might work in a half hour sitcom, but for 2 hours! Nothing happens! Kate Hudson’s storyline is right out of an episode of an 80’s sitcom. Jennifer Aniston’s is the same old divorcee might fall in love with the widower story. Julia Roberts, who is probably in the movie for a total of 20 minutes is wasted with a dull character and bad, BAD hair. And Britt Robertson… I’m sorry you look 10 years old, no way do you have a child in this movie, I’m not buying it… recast! The acting is pretty weak throughout this, but I can’t blame them with material like this.
This is one of the most ridiculous movies I’ve seen in a long time. Why do these kind of films have to be so fluffy? Are we out of ideas? It’s clear that this is the type of movie that got greelit based on the title and then probably signed up big names before a line was even written. There’s no other way that I would believe these talented actresses would read this script and jump at the chance to work on it. Granted I think working with Marshall probably brought everyone out and I don’t blame them, but why can’t they just spend more time on quality stories and characters and give the audience some f#%$ing credit already! Audiences deserve better than this… your mothers who your going to drag to see this deserve better than this!
Also, this is really poorly made in general. There is so much ADR in this movie that is clearly obvious. That’s a sign this movie was garbage right out of the gate.
However I don’t want to end this review thinking about Garry Marshall negatively. The man has made some fantastic, and 2 of my all time favourite films… Beaches and Pretty Woman. I won’t remember him for this holiday trilogy, but instead will remember him for his brilliant television shows and… some of his films. RIP Garry Marshall.