Garry Marshall has always been a personal favorite of mine going all the way back to the days of Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Mork & Mindy which were the syndicated reruns I grew up on. Add in some of my all time favorite movies like Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries and he’s got a real fangirl here! When I was given the chance to attend an advanced screening of his newest movie, Mother’s Day, I jumped at the chance.
Mother’s Day boasts a truly all star cast featuring big names including Kate Hudson, Sarah Chalke, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and even a cameo by Jennifer Garner among many other faces you will immediately recognize. The holiday themed movie (of course) centers around Mother’s Day and what that holiday can mean to women in different circumstances and stages of life.
Like in his other holiday-themed movies (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve), the movie contains several different story lines that become more intertwined as the movie goes on. Divorced mom, Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), and her ex Henry (Timothy Olyphant) have two young boys. Henry surprises Sandy with the news he has just gotten remarried to Tina (Shay Mitchell) who is significantly younger – and cooler- than Sandy. Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) is a widower after his wife (played in video flashbacks only, by Jennifer Garner) has passed away while serving in the military. He and his two daughters are struggling to come to terms with life without mom which provides a few real tearjerker moments.
Another storyline features Miranda (Julia Roberts) who has chosen to devote herself to her career selling products on a home shopping network and Kristin (Britt Robertson), a new mom in search of her birth mother. And the final (and most amusing) storyline features sisters Jesse (Kate Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke). Both sisters have moved away and kept their distance from their parents (Margo Martindale and Robert Pine) due to life choices their parents would not approve of. When the parents decide to drop in unexpectedly, all secrets are revealed and lead to some interesting encounters. I don’t want to reveal how all the stories converge because I enjoyed watching them come together wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone else!
I found the movie funny and entertaining. Judging from the hearty laughter coming from others in the theater, I’m guessing my feelings were shared by many. Mother’s Day would be a great movie to see with mom friends or even your own mom.
An added thank you to ProFlowers, who is the official floral partner of the movie. One key scene features an AMAZING assortment of ProFlowers arrangements and they were nice enough to send me a sample Mother’s Day bouquet featuring some of the same flowers from the scene in addition to providing me with screening tickets. If you are looking to save money while showering someone special with flowers this Mother’s Day, be sure to check out ProFlowers amazing selection and apply some of these coupon codes.