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Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 paws out of 4

Mother’s Day

Open Road Films, Gulfstream Pictures, Capacity Pictures, Rice Films and PalmStar Media present a PG-13, 118 minute, Comedy, Drama, directed by Gary Marshall, written by Tom Hines and Lily Hollander with a theater release date of April 29, 2016.

 

Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother with two boys Mikey (Caleb Brown) and Peter (Brandon Spink) and lives in the state of Georgia. Her ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) has some big news for her and it involves his girlfriend Tina (Shay Mitchell). Sandy struggles with the divorce and the fact that Henry moved on with a younger woman and to top it off that younger woman is spending lots of quality time with the boys. Sandy one day out at the grocery store bumps into Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) owner of the local 24/7 gym where Sandy works out. He recently lost his military wife Dana (Jennifer Garner) mother to their two daughters Vicky (Ella Anderson) and Rachel (Jessi Case). Sandy would like to meet a nice guy and Bradley would like to move on with his life someday.

Miranda (Julia Roberts) is one of the most successful women working in television as a host for HSN. She does not have much of a life other than work but holds a secret from her past that most people don’t know about other than her agent Lance Wallace (Hector Elizondo) and her publicist Inez (Adreana Gonzalez). It eventually ends up that Sandy is looking for a job which happens to be working for Miranda but when the first encounter goes south life takes a leap north for them both.

Kristin (Britt Robertson) is mother to a young daughter and dating for five years now her live in boyfriend Zack (Jack Whitehall). She has commitment issues since she never grew up with a mother and not a day goes by that Zack doesn’t ask her to marry him. He on the other hand is a struggling comedian looking to marry Kristin and raise their child in a happy home. Kristin happens to be friends with Sandy and Jesse (Kate Hudson) who both give her advice about love and marriage, some good some bad. In order for Kristin to move on with her life she knows she has to seek out her birth mother.

Jesse is married to Russell (Aasif Mandvi) and they raise a beautiful boy Tanner (Ayden Bivek). They live next to Jesse’s sister Gabi (Sarah Chalke) who is married to Max (Cameron Esposito) and they have a young son named Charlie (Owen Vaccaro). Both of their lives are kept secret from their parents Flo (Margo Martindale) and Earl (Robert Pine) and with very good reason since they travel the country by RV and live in old school dementia. On the other hand Sonia (Anoush Nevart) which is Russell’s mother does not!

It ends up that in a large world or at least a part of Georgia these people somehow know one, two or more of the other people and if they don’t already they will in a Jerry Springer kind of way as the lives of all these people come together in celebrations, sadness, excitement, truths, joy and love but more so because it’s “Mother’s Day”.

I laughed, I cried, I understood but mostly I knew Garry Marshall would do his usual superb job of making people think by tugging on their heart strings, stimulating their brain cells, tickling their funny bones and just overall being real in a voyeuristic way. Great direction, superb writing and a wonderful score to accompany this story all make for an enjoyable evening at the movies. I even like the way he had many of his usual cast members and even tied in some one liners from many of his past films. Well done Mr. Marshall well done. I did not even mind the number of product placements throughout the film. As for the cast all I can say is fantastic they all come together making this film feel like home in many ways. I honestly have to say they all played well on the same level with Aniston probably elevating her likeability factor even higher. Hudson hitting a home run as does Sudeikis and of course Roberts. This film contains some great actors yet in some films that don’t make it worth seeing but for Mother’s Day that’s not the case I found it well worthy of a night at the movies with mom or for that matter anyone in your life past, present or future.

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