By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
DIRECTOR Garry Marshall managed to do the impossible with his holiday inspired movie franchise, he successfully trivialised Mother’s Day with Mother’s Day.
They say one should never speak ill of the dead, however Marshall failed to impress with his final directorial credit before his death and trivialised a day that holds immense sentimental value for many.
In the unofficial trilogy (Valentine’s Day in 2010 and New Year’s Eve 2011), the latest instalment in the holiday themed movies seeks to explore the diversity of the modern family and show appreciation for people who take on the role of mother in those families.
The movie follows a group of people who seem to be strangers at first glance, but are actually intertwined in some form. As the day grows close, each of these individuals has to deal with issues of loss, disappointment and estrangement in relation to their mothers.
Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband has recently remarried a younger woman named Tina (Shay Mitchell) without telling her.
Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) is a recently widowed father of two girls who now has to play the role of two parents while trying to get his children the first Mother’s Day without their mother.
Miranda (Julia Roberts) is an accomplished writer who was forced to give up her only child, Kristin (Britt Robertson), for adoption at birth. Now a mother herself, Kristin decides to track down her birth mother to find out why she gave her up before she can marry her fiancé.
Jesse (Kate Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke), never see their mother because she is a racist homophobe who would not approve of their relationship choices, however they are forced to confront her when she pays them a surprise visit for Mother’s Day.
As the audience watches them navigate their way through their complicated lives, one gets the sense that Marshall was trying to add layers or add more meat to the bones of the storyline but it honestly lacks real depth.
Far removed from the actual Mother’s Day and the emotion that it carries, Mother’s Day is just another flimsy movie trying to draw out more emotion than it is truly worth from the audience.
The star-studded cast (Roberts, Aniston, Hudson, and Sudeikis) is wasted on this movie. Their talents do nothing to rescue it from the doldrums of mediocrity.
It is also of the most whitewashed film to have come out of Hollywood in a time when Hollywood is trying to convince people that they believe in diversity. The entire cast that had any significant roles was Caucasian, save for Aasif Mandvi and Loni Love who had minimal screen time.
There are a few scenes that will make one chuckle out of their sheer absurdity, but even those are drowned out by the offensive scenes that fruitlessly try to make the viewer feel something other than boredom but fail.
This is one movie that should be saved in the drawer that keeps all the holiday paraphernalia and should only be brought out when it’s actually Mother’s Day and people’s emotions are running so high they won’t be hyper-critical about how bad it is.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015