Mother's Day *SPOILER ALERT* Review
Director: Garry Marshall.
Rom/Com regular Garry Marshall continues with his holiday days themed films with this one being centred around Mother's Day, though not strictly a sequel to either Valentine's Day or New Years Day. Reuniting with key stars like Julia Roberts for the fourth time (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day) and Hector Elizondo, who's pretty much been in every Garry Marshall films.
It's an all star cast who loosely connect with one another in some way or another, covering a board variety of mother/children relationships. Those that disapprove, those that are single, those that have up their responsibility and those that step-mother's.
Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis are among the key cast with other great actors such as the Chips Legend Robert Pine, Timothy Olyphant, Brit comedian Jack Whitehall with Jon Lovitz and Cameron Esposito. Each playing their part well clashing and bouncing off one another as the film progresses.
I say they're loosely connected as there isn't really anything firm or concrete among them all. I think I was half expecting them all to together for a mass Mother's Day party at the end but that's not the case. It's more of a friend of a friend kind of connection but doesn't make the film least enjoyable. Just harder to see how the characters relate to one another.
It's lacks a decent soundtrack which I think was a shame, every rom/com is accompanied by a good soundtrack if not a decent score which was also non-existent. It was there but nothing outstanding that helped create the mood. I didn't notice it myself.
There was a little weakness with how characters came together, cliched maybe but it becomes slightly unbelievable that it ends the way it does, everyone going from not talking to one another for years to being a loving happy family within a day and almost makes a mockery of the issues the film is trying to challenge.
There's not much to laugh at but is easy going entertainment. Colourful and structured well, we get the point but feels a little rushed towards the end, possible to ensure everyone gets the closure so they can conclude the film. I think it just needed to be a little smarter with connecting the storylines
Running Time: 8
The Cast: 8
Job Description: 5
The Extra Bonus Point: 0
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