MOTHER’S DAY – Rated PG-13

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Starring Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Jason Sudeikis

Garry Marshall manages to pull together another ALL STAR CAST to take on his latest formulation in HOLIDAY FILMS, and of course drags along a couple of old familiar faces from his previous films too…and this time, we take on Mama’s BIG DAY with a little a humor, a little grief, and a whole lot of REAL LIFE for good measure…this is MOTHER’S DAY…

Happily married to someone neither of her parents approve of, or know of for that matter… we meet Jesse (Kate Hudson), living life with her sister Gabi (Sarah Chalke), and with both of their families in tow…

Across town we meet divorce’ Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) and her very friendly Ex Henry (Timothy Olyphant) who are managing the many pitfalls of divorced life quite nicely with their two sons…that is, until one of them decides to get re-hitched…

Enter SUPER DAD Brad (Jason Sudeikis), as he tries to help his two daughters through the pitfalls of THIS HOLIDAY, having lost their mom just a year ago…

And what’s a Mother’s Day/Garry Marshall film, without a New Mom storyline and his muse Julia Roberts in tow too ~ playing Miranda ~ a spokesperson for jewelry on our favorite shopping network, HSN…

As these “Mother’s” all try to deal with their everyday lives, and everything in between, it seems that MOTHER’S DAY isn’t really ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE..If you know what I mean…

I give MOTHER’s DAY a rating between: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ If you love Marshall’s films – from 87’s OVERBOARD, to 90’s PRETTY WOMAN, to 1999’s RUNAWAY BRIDE. Which all hit theaters way before he started celebrating holiday’s on the BIG SCREEN with 2010’s VALENTINE’s DAY ~ then you have to grab your mother, your grandmother and your daughter’s too, and head for a GIRL’s MOVIE DAY at a theater near you. Rest assured, MOTHER’s DAY comes with the same funniness and heartache that we have come to know Marshall for, making you enjoy the storylines produced by writers Tom Hines, Lilly Hollander, Anya Kochoff and Matthew Walker even more. But if Marshall’s mix of drama and bliss just isn’t your cup of tea, then wait and grab this new family flick, when it comes out on DVD.

Kathy Kaiser