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Mother's Day

Mother's Day
Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Héctor Elizondo and Jack Whitehall


Rated: PG-13 for language and some suggestive material.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 29, 2016 Released by: Open Road Films

Director Garry Marshall gives us his third holiday-themed film (Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve) and after sitting through this one, I hope its his last.
 
Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson star along with Jason Sudeikis  in separate story-lines that try very hard to be funny.  Aniston is a divorced mother of two boys coming to terms with her husband's remarriage to a younger woman, Hudson is married to an Indian man (Aasif Mandvi), and keeping it a secret from her racist mother (Margo Martindale), Sudeikis is a widower coping with fatherhood, Britt Robertson has a smaller role as a single mother who refuses to marry the father, a good guy who loves her, and Roberts, who sports a ridiculous red wig, is a home shopping star.  There are just too many characters and too many situations to follow, or for that matter, care about.
 
You'd think that with all of the acting talent here, at least the performances would be notable.  No such luck.  Aniston makes faces and overacts, and Roberts appears bored.  Only Hudson does a passable job with what is the most offensive segment.
 
The situations are forced and the film lacks charm and humor.  if you were going to take mom to see this one, buy her flowers instead.

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Matt Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Mother's Day  B-   C-   D+                     C 

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