"Mother’s Day" is something of a successor to "Valentine’s Day" and "New Year’s Eve," both of which were directed by Garry Marshall.
After seeing this trifecta of sickly sweet movies dedicated to the holidays, I can honestly say that the aforementioned two films look like the first two "Godfather" films in comparison. Let me take a pause so I can catch my breath before continuing.
This is another movie that is so corny, unauthentic, unfunny and endlessly manipulative that those words are actually giving it too much credit.
The movie centers on multiple storylines that occasionally interconnect. Jennifer Aniston stars as Sandy, a divorced mother with two boys dealing with the fact that her ex-husband is now remarried to a much younger woman.
Kate Hudson plays a woman who has a dysfunctional relationship with her parents, and they are hostile when they find out she’s married to a man outside her own race.
Jason Sudeikis plays a widowed father trying to raise two daughters after their Marine mother was killed in action. He ends up becoming attracted to Aniston. Ten points if you can figure out where this subplot goes.
Finally, Julia Roberts is a highly successful entrepreneur, specializing in best-selling books and expensive jewelry that is frequently on sale on the Home Shopping Network. The only thing this thread succeeds at is lots of product plugs.
To effectively get my point across with the regard to the level of boredom I had, I bought some candy during the movie and, during a couple of scenes, I started to count how many times I was chewing the candy before swallowing it. That was much more interesting than anything I saw in this movie.
People complained about the dark and depressing tone of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." I think the audience that goes to see the "Mother’s Day" drivel should go see "Batman …" a second time just to feel cheerful again.
If you’re still fortunate enough to have your mother, do what you can for her this year except taking her to see this movie. You’ll be doing both of yourselves a huge favor.
(Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material.)
Hall is a syndicated columnist in South Georgia.