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Motherís Day (2/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 118 minutes.

Not for children.

Long time comedic director Gary Marshall has apparently morphed from movie director to rabbi, because this preaches every hallowed politically correct bromide known to and beloved by political Hollywood. The key to how bad this thing really is is shown by the credits, which list five different people participating in the story and screenplay. Whenever there are so many people involved in getting a script to the screen, you are forewarned youíre in big trouble.

I knew from the contrived slice of life dialogue during the first five minutes that I was in for a long, long 118 minutes.

There is some good news, however. Julia Roberts does not have a laughing scene. Oh, she smiles sometimes, but we are thankfully spared that phony laugh of hers that directors seem to want to insert in all her movies. Actually, Julia gives a fairly good performance, given the woeful script and story.

This movie that is supposed to be about Motherís Day has every conceivable couples situation except a normal, traditional, loving heterosexual mother and father with loving children. That is something not to be celebrated or even mentioned; this is Hollywood Values at its worst.

Be warned, there are no laughs in this movie. There are obvious lines and situations that are intended to create laughs. But there are no laughs. And itís not just the way I feel all by my lonesome. In my screening I was sitting next to a guy whom I originally thought was a laugh shill, because he laughed loudly in the first 30 seconds at something that was not the least bit funny. But even he did not laugh again. Shill or not, he did not find anything to laugh at. I heard nary another laugh from the audience for the next two hours.

When the end credits come on, there are apparently some outtakes. I was so anxious to leave that I did not stay for them. Maybe you will find some laughs there.