Mother’s Day (2016)

Review

I had seen a bad review for Mother’s Day which made me a little scared to go see it as I had been looking forward to taking my mom to this movie. I am a fan of so many of the stars in this film. Fortunately, the review I read was totally wrong and this was a delightful film. I’ll take you through the film answering the basic questions of who, what, when, why, where, and how.

Who

Mother’s Day has several lead characters. It’s similar to the movies Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve where the stories intersect each other at some point. It is not surprising these movies are similar as all three of them are directed by Garry Marshall. Jennifer Aniston plays Sandy who is divorced from her husband Henry played by Timothy Olyphant. They have two adorable boys named Mikey and Peter played by Caleb Brown and Brandon Spink. Henry has recently remarried. His new wife’s name is Tina played by Shay Mitchell. Kate Hudson plays Jesse and lives next door to her sister Gabi played by Sarah Chalke. Jesse is married to Russell played by Aasif Mandvi and they have one son, Tanner, played by Ayden Bivek. Jesse and Gabi’s parents are played by Margo Martindale and Robert Pine. Jason Sudeikis plays Bradley who was widowed a year ago. He owns a gym. He has two daughters Vicky and Rachel played by Ella Anderson and Jesse Case. Julia Roberts plays Miranda who sells jewelry on the home shopping network. Her manager Lance is played by none other than Hector Elizondo. Does anyone remember Pretty Woman? It’s nice to see Julia reunited onscreen with Hector. Britt Robertson plays Kristin and Jack Whitehall plays Zack. They are an unmarried couple with a young daughter.

What

Jennifer Aniston is great in this movie as Sandy, a divorced mom raising two boys and adapting to the news that her ex-husband springs on her that he recently remarried without even telling her first. Their two boys Mikey and Peter are sweet, cute, good to each other, and good to their mom. I like it when siblings get along. Jennifer is hilarious in some scenes as she deals with the reality of this new woman who is now part of her family’s life. The two boys Mikey and Peter have distinct personalities and have some great scenes instead of just staying in the background.

The sisters Jesse and Gabi have been keeping secrets from their parents for many years now but secrets have a way of coming out and they do in this film.

Bradley has friends who try to set him up with some women now that his wife has been deceased for about a year but he is not ready and he has his hands full taking care of his two daughters. He does cross paths with Sandy a few times and perhaps something can come of those encounters. The daughters have their own story lines too which is great instead of just using the children as props or scenery.

Miranda leads a somewhat lonely existence as a seller on the Home Shopping Network. She has a secret of her own that ties in with the stories of Kristin and Jack. I don’t want to say any more and spoil that part of the story.

When

The story takes place in the days leading up to Mother’s Day and the actual holiday. Mother’s Day takes place in the current time period.

Where

The action takes place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why

Why should you go see this film? Because it tackles real life issues that are relevant to today’s culture.  The issues that are brought up in Mother’s Day are handled honestly, realistically, and with a touch of humor. I don’t want to say what they are as I don’t want to give away too many spoilers.

Mother’s day has a few good surprises throughout this film and at the end. Mother’s Day is a great movie to see with your mom if you are looking for something to do for Mother’s Day. I think the entire family would enjoy this film. The children in your family can relate to the children in this film.

How

What are the issues in the film? How are the issues resolved?  I cannot tell you that as I will spoil the film for you. Some issues get resolved while others are still developing.

Ratings

This movie is rated PG-13. There are no sex scenes. There is only one swear word. I give the movie two thumbs up.

Fun Fact

Julia Roberts’ children Finn, Hazel, and Henry have cameos in this film.