MOTHER’S DAY

PG-13

I am a week late in publishing this review, since “Mothers Day” opened last Friday; however, it is more appropriate this week since Sunday is Mother’s day. In fact, if you want a thoroughly entertaining movie that is just plain fun, take Mom to see “Mother’s Day.” If you are looking for a movie that is deep and has a message, this isn’t the film for you. It is pleasant and entertaining.

“Mother’s Day” is about mothers and their relationships with their children, duh! There are several stories intertwined and the film keeps jumping back and forth until all is resolved.

The cast is incredible. The very gorgeous Jason Sudekeikis is Bradley, a widower raising two daughters. Jennifer Aniston is a divorced mother with two sons. Timothy Olyphant plays Aniston’s ex, Henry. Julia Roberts is a successful working woman, Miranda. Kate Hudson plays Jesse. Aasif Russell is Jesse’s husband. Hector Elizondo is Miranda’s manager, Lance Wallace. I loved Margo Martindale and Robert Pine who play Jesse’s parents. Martindale stole the show with her politically incorrect antics.

The prolific Garry Marshall directed “Mother’s Day.” Marshall is best known for his engaging romantic comedies. It was in Marshall’s hit “Pretty Woman” that Julia Roberts became a mega star. Marshall has directed so many films that he really knows how to present a film that is sure to please a large audience. This film is no exception. You will be seeing this every Mother’s Day for years to come, but that is okay because it is an enjoyable film that has something for everyone. If you look very quickly, Marshall appears in his film as he does in all his films. He is behind the bar at a comedy show

but if you blink you will miss him.

“Mother’s Day” was written by Tom Hines, Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff and Matthew Walker. Hines is known for writing “Runaway Bride,” “The Princess Diaries” and “The Princess Diaries 2.”

Surprise, surprise this is a chick flick but if you need to do something special for a mother in your life buy her a bag of popcorn and treat her to this film but don’t forget to bring some hankies. There are several poignant scenes that may bring a tear to the eyes.

“Mother’s Day” is now playing at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.