MOTHER'S DAY Review — Strike it From Your Gift List

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Mother's Day ReviewIf you’re thinking of taking your Mom out for dinner and a movie to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, get advance tickets online for Elvis and Nixon, A Hologram for the King, or even Keanu, if she doesn’t mind a little swearing. Only take her to see the film Mother’s Day if you’re still trying to get her back for that really unfortunate haircut she gave you in third grade.

And speaking of haircuts, have you seen Julia Roberts’ epically bad wig in the trailer or on the poster? That type of carelessness and disrespect for one of America’s most beloved actresses typifies the entire film. When director Garry Marshall (who is also responsible for the almost equally bad Valentine’s Day and New Years Eve, along with far better movies like A League of Their Own and Pretty Woman) helms Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Margo Martindale, Sarah Chalke and Timothy Olyphant, you’d think he’d have a hit. But the script and the editing are such a fine mess that this king of the rom com comes out looking more like a joker, which is a real shame. So much talent wasted.

The problem is that the characters are not even remotely believable — or even likable. And there are so many of them that there’s no room for back story or character development. Everybody does, however, get a gorgeously decorated home and a flourishing garden, not to mention a cadre of supportive and wisecracking friends.

They’re all put in such preposterous situations with such confusing timelines that the suspension of disbelief rapidly becomes too much work. You stop asking questions like why would anyone think it’s appropriate to build a giant pink vagina float for a Mother’s Day parade, and you start wondering about whether or not you locked the front door before you left, or if you can get an appointment with your manicurist on Monday, because you picked most of your nail polish off during the film.

I get that Garry Marshall is one of the most beloved directors in Hollywood, and popular actors jump at the opportunity to work with him. But at this point, the man is resting too heavily on his laurels, and those laurels need to be pruned.

Rated PG-13

1 Hour 58 Minutes

Get times and tickets at Fandango.com.

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MOTHER’S DAY Review — Strike it From Your Gift List

by Lisa Johnson Mandell

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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