By Alyssa Ruiz
Although the movie “Mother’s Day” is filled with a star-studded cast, the content of this romantic comedy is filled with cheesy and predictable scenarios.
As the film, based in Atlanta, jumps between multiple narratives, the connection between the various characters is made clear.
Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorcee who encounters the daily struggles of being a single mom, including a major freak-out in a grocery store parking lot after finding out her ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) married a younger woman named Tina (Shay Mitchell).
Witnessing this freak-out was Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) who is a former Marine trying to learn the roles of “mom” after his wife Dana (Jennifer Garner) died.
Aspiring comedian Zack (Jack Whitehall) desperately wants to marry his girlfriend and mother to his child, Kristin (Britt Robertson), who has commitment issues due to the fact that she was put up for adoption as a baby.
Miranda (Julia Roberts), who turns out to be Kristin’s real mother, is married to her successful career of being a TV personality.
Lastly, Sandy’s best friend, Jesse (Kate Hudson) has to hide her happy marriage and adorable child from her racist parents, knowing they would not approve of her husband and child’s Indian background.
Portraying loss, reconciliation, new relationships and acceptance, director Garry Marshall crammed a lot into an hour and 58 minutes.
However this type of movie is nothing new to him. He is also the director of the films “Valentine’s Day” and “New Years Eve,” notice the resemblance between all three films? He must love holidays.
In 2010 when the first film in the franchise “Valentine’s Day” was released it brought in $52.4 million during its opening weekend, compared to in 2011 where the revenue from “New Years Eve” dropped significantly to $13.7 million.
After “Mother’s Day” only racked in $8.3 million opening weekend and came in fourth place at the box office, it is pretty apparent the world is sick of Marshall ruining these beloved holidays with his corny labeling of 21st century relationships.
The amount of predictability in this film was to be assumed, however. This feel-good movie made the theater laugh several times, smile and even cry. Overall it was a movie that left you with a sense of appreciation toward all mothers and the different tribulations they go through in life.