The Straits Times gave this movie a one-star rating. This really piqued my curiosity! How can a movie with a stellar cast comprising Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell, Margo Martindale, Britt Robertson and Jennifer Garner in a cameo, from Garry Marshall, director of Pretty Woman (which I love) and Valentine’s Day be rated so poorly?
Even before the opening credits, a beautiful song is played. I thought: “ahh, here comes another trailer from a movie that I will watch”. I was certainly surprised when a few seconds later, the first image appeared and I realised it’s the start of the movie.
This movie consists of interwoven stories about a group of women with one important thing in common – mothers. Divorced mothers, gay mothers, single mothers, estranged mothers, long-lost mothers and mothers of all kinds get their due in this emotional tribute (I teared up at no less than three scenes) to the tie that cannot be broken. It is also a humorous drama (I burst into laughter at countless scenes) that reminds us that every mother is a kind of hero, and the power of the maternal bond is strong.
There are many lines that some may think are cheesy, but which resonate with me:
- You don’t get married thinking about divorce;
- Skip Mother’s Day? Treat it like every Sunday…;
- Loving can hurt (also the title of one of the thirty songs in the movie);
- There’s no way the bond between a mother and her kids can be broken. The bottomless pit from a mother to her kids is always there, though they always take it for granted;
- We are who we are. We decide who we are;
- The fear of death brings everyone closer together.
I also love the music used in the movie. Fans of Meghan Trainor would have been very excited to hear her songs. Lovers of hip-hop would have gone gaga over the magnificent moves executed by a cute boy, aged perhaps two-and-a-half.
Besides ‘Loving Can Hurt’, I especially like a jazzy number (during the End Credits) and a song containing lines that, put together, spell “M-O-T-H-E-R”. It reminds me of Frank Sinatra’s ‘L-O-V-E’. I absolutely love the rendition of Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) played on a classical guitar, which is beautiful and unique.
The only two other persons in the cinema left as soon as the End Credits rolled, and they missed some of the ‘extras’, like the outtakes, gag reel, deleted scenes and the final frame of the story’s end (which came after the Credits ended).
How could all these, nicely put together, have been given only one-star rating?