I have heard horrible things about this movie, however I also heard horrible things about Garry Marshall's other holiday ensemble romantic comedy films, which I really enjoyed. After watching this movie, I fully understand why the critics hated this movie, however I really enjoyed it, and the target audience is destined to enjoy it too.
The movie feels like a Lifetime movie with a bigger-named cast. The story is pretty weak. It is very melodramatic and predictable, however it is thoroughly enjoyable. There are some really funny moments. Everyone in the theater (which was surprisingly busy) seemed to be laughing.
I have heard a lot of complaints centered around Julia Roberts's wig. It really is just as distracting as it seems. It is horrible. I don't think that the acting is as bad as some people say it was. They did the best they could with a weak script.
So I understand why "Mother's Day" did not please film critics. It wasn't particularly well-made. It does, however, deserve credit for being a good time at the movies. Critics watch movies looking to critique it; general audiences watch movies solely for enjoyment. I try to use a method that I compare to the red and blue 3D glasses: looking at both. For quality, I'd give it about a D+, but for enjoyment, I'd give it an A-. The score that I gave this film represents that average.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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