Talent and a twist or two: Mother’s Day comes to theaters with a cast that suggests a huge “wanna see” if only for the array of A-listers director Garry Marshall has pulled together in another of his holiday-themed comedies guaranteed to tug at the heart strings.
The line up includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis, and is rounded out by Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale, Shay Mitchell, and Jon Lovitz. What’s not to like?
We’ve seen this sort of structure before: The characters here seem to move in distinctly different circles but by film’s end the disparate threads come together to make a whole.
There is, naturally, the divorced middle-aged mother whose ex-husband has traded her in for a younger model. Another story line features a youngish woman who rarely sees her mother because of their strained relationship. And, in the subplot most likely to affect the heart– the young woman adopted at birth who’s soon to be married and decides she must meet her birth mother before she embarks on married life and the prospect of becoming a mother herself.
Marshall directs this film from a screemplay by enough writers to play a hand of bridge or two: Anna Kochoff, Matthew Walker, Tom Hines and Lily Hollander.
Mother’s Day runs 1 hour 58 minutes and is rated PG-13.