Mother's Day is about, well, the special day, about four individual stories. Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a mother with two kids but with either a divorced husband or a consultant who is moving in along with her kids with a girl named Tina who looks only a few years my junior. There's also an adopted girl named Jesse who has been living away from her parents for a long time and wants to keep secrets. There's a woman named Miranda who's too worried about her career to think about kids, and Bradley, (Jason Sudeikis) who is trying to make it up to his two daughters, the fact that their mother has passed away.
What I began to see was that it seemed like Garry Marshall and the writers thought that making a movie about Mother's Day would be big, or have an impactful title, so they tried their best to put up as many stories as they could think of to get in the head of as many people as possible, and it comes out kind of cluttered to the point where we may not feel the creators invested time in any one story, but it still ends up more fresh than I anticipated. One example where I felt it didn't do enough was I never found out the motivations for Sandy's...fella in going to Tina, and I don't think Jesse's parents were given enough detail on why they are secretly despised, why they dislike certain relationships. So what about something good? There's a big comedy talk that doesn't quite go as planned, which actually doesn't turn out embarrassing and I think will put viewers in a good mood. There's a circumstance about a vending machine that's decent enough and at least no one gets in trouble. And I actually laughed at this time a kid's costume was inside out and was worried when this kid had a stroke. Plus, in more ways than one, Mother's Day has some iffy moments, but they're tolerably iffy. There wasn't really any time where I was checking my watch in desperation. Except maybe the time Bradley was trying to rap about his pink pants.
Basically, I feel that even if it's a little scattered, and maybe a bit racist with Aasif Madvi's character who I didn't care for , it tries to juggle four stories to let us remember what they were about and try to relate to at least one of them, and it fits the bill on that note. I enjoyed the turnout of the stories fine, especially those of Jesse and Miranda. Each of these stories touch on a few hamstrings, even if they do it being bumpy.
In the end, Mother's Day kind of felt like the scene where that jack*** in Sandy's story tries to get one of her kids to get off the slide and he starts trying to go get him and Sandy decides to mess around with it a little by turning off the fan for the inflatable mini slide while he's in it. There's also the case of being lesbian, being divorced and being an Indian married to Kate Hudson. You enjoy the concept but you wish more was done. Mother's Day got a B+ poll on Cinemascore and I can see why. I'd watch it again if it was playing at a party but in general, I found it forgettable and lacking in a few areas.
But you know one thing? I'm actually almost motivated to watch this again and get a better viewpoint. Sometimes it takes a while to really decide your rating. Maybe a C+ isn't right. Maybe it's really a C. Or maybe it should be a B. Or an A. Mother's Day is a movie I both admired and thinker "Um" at at the same time, and I think that maybe I judged the movie going in because of its horrendous rating. I need to stop doing that. I've got to stop thinking about the Tomatometer. I like The Last Airbender. I like Barnyard. I like the Ninja Turtle and Smurfs and Scooby-Doo movies. I'm going solo from now on.