(PG-13, 1:29:10, Released 2009)
|Release Date:||Oct 23, 2009|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 23, 2010|
|Starring:||Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Matthew Schallipp, David Schallipp, Daisy Tahan, Alice Drummond, Stephanie Szostak, Celina Vignaud, Dale Soules|
|Directed by:||Katherine Dieckmann|
|Synopsis:||Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, and Anthony Edwards star in writer/director Katherine Dieckmann's slice of life indie Motherhood, which follows a hapless mother of two as she attempts to prepare for her daughter's rapidly approaching sixth birthday party. Along the way, the harried mother is forced to contend with a monumental series of unexpected urban challenges. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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June 8, 2011
Being a full time Dad and doing 90 mpercent of daily work I can relate with this movie and the 1000's of Moms who are home doing it alone. 4 STARS
November 27, 2010
I think the story has many truthful moments and the script delivers some wise and funny lines.
Uma Thurman is wonderful as Eliza Welsh, a mother of two who lives in the verge of a nervous breakdown - but it's not a regular one, it's a pretty chaotic 24 hour marathon in which several significant events converge, being the most important of them the celebration of her lovely daughter's sixth birthday. In the supporting roles, Anthony Edwards is excellent portraying the extremely unfocused husband, Minnie Driver looks smart and sparkling in the role of the best friend and Daisy Tahan portrays the part of Clara (Eliza's daughter) with a surprising and overwhelming naturalism.
February 28, 2010
Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Daisy Tahan, Vincent James Russo
DIRECTED BY: Katherine Dieckmann
In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.
I am fully aware at how hard it is to raise children and what it takes. I am also aware that it's a full time job. I don't have any children, but I do have custody of my niece, so I am fully aware as to what it takes to care for a child. This movie did touch on some things that I relate to. But mostly it was a mother bitching non-stop about being a mother and what it has taken away from her and her life. She continues throughout the movie to pity herself and blog about why things can't be a certain way for mothers and so on. Then there is this paper she is writing for some magazine which she continues to write as her daughters birthday party is going on. It just seemed like more of a movie bitching about being a mother and what things you are unable to do and what you missed out on. But in reality that is what happens when you decide to have a child. But she had two, so guess all those things didn't matter at the time. Being a parent is all about sacrifices.
This movie also singled itself out for only a pacific audience. Cause this movie is only going to speak to mothers and no one else. There is nothing in this film that is possible for someone with no kids to relate to. It said that this film is a comedy. Didn't seem like much of a comedy. Not funny at all really. Well... actually the only person I found amusing and entertaining in this film was Minnie Driver. Her character has a good time in a bubble bath with her child's motorized toy, which I found disgusting but a bit funny. This movie is just not worth the hr and a half I spent watching it (felt much longer). But hey, if your a mom and a fan of Uma.. Then this might be a film for you.
November 27, 2010
Uma Thurman's performance is the best reason to watch this film. Minnie Driver also provides solid support. The film needed a rewrite. The film felt more like a bad tv sitcom brought to the big screen. A lot of the situations in the film reminded me of Over the top situations that I would see in sitcoms like Seinfeld. Also I thought Anthony Edwards was miscast as Uma's husband. They didn't have any on screen chemistry in my opinion. I did like seeing Jodie Foster make a cameo appearance in the film.
June 3, 2010
A cute movie about the busy life of being a mom and trying to balance it with having free time to fulfill your dreams. I only have have two qualms: there were way too many random scenes that didn't really go anywhere such as when the random handsome Indian man came and started dancing with her to music. The other is that the ending didn't really tie up all the lose ends and left the movie undone.
November 25, 2010
An irritating plea for a little more 'Me' time.... Uma Thurman plays Eliza, a harried Manhattan stay at home mom who struggles to juggle her young son and a distracted husband (Anthony Edwards) while planning her daughter's sixth birthday, maintaining her mommy's blog (In it she poses rhetorical and obvious musings like, "Must a woman's soul wither and die simply because she has children?") and writing an essay for a parenting magazine before the fast-approaching deadline. It sounds simple enough as all she has to do is write 500 words answering the deceptively simple question, "What Does Motherhood Mean to Me? On this particular day her physical energy is drained from keeping an eye on her two-year-old and avoiding the traffic wardens prowling outside her Manhattan rent stabilized home as she tries to get her car moved to the other side of the street to avoid a ticket. She's also trying to make peace with her best friend (Minnie Driver) after blogging one of their intimate conversations, coping with a misspelled name on the birthday cake and a young man in a store line who criticizes her manner for talking too loud on her cell phone. It's amazing she doesn't just collapse in a heap given the cumulative impact of all these irritations and mishaps. After a kind-hearted and handsome messenger boy (Arjun Gupta) helps her carry her packages to her apartment, Eliza invites him in and is pleased by his attention when she tells him about her writing. In addition he compliments her appearance and she feels flattered and even gets rid of some stress by dancing to a favorite tune. My thoughts: The film is filled with incidents about ordinary things that can drive people crazy. Unfortunately, the incidents are so contrived; it only casts aspersions on the entire population of New York City. I believe that the filmmakers intended for us to empathize with mothers trying to hold on to some semblance of self-identity as they plow through yard-long to-do lists. Full time mothers have the toughest job in our society, and the most important but being a mother can, and should, be wonderfully rewarding despite all the work and frustrations. The heart does not swell with empathy as Eliza muses about the "benefits of 9/11" when it comes to cell-phone coverage. She has healthy sweet children, enough money to live well and her loving but absent minded husband Avery (Anthony Edwards) who is the family's sole breadwinner manages to find a job that allows him flexible hours so that he can come home during the day to help Eliza tend to their kids. Instead Eliza comes across as being selfish and self-absorbed.
November 21, 2011
Motherhood probably doesn't look like this for anyone except Uma Thurman. This movie is good for a few laughs and a sweet, sappy ending, but isn't great overall.
June 21, 2011
Even as a single female parent, I could not relate to this story. I found Uma's character annoying, and felt no sympathy for her. I felt more like she was making herself crazy and whatever. Also, the timeline was so f'd up...how long was the daughter in school for? I think this targets a small indie/yuppie motherhood section of the population, and I guess I really didn't get much out of it.
June 12, 2010
It had some high moments where you can laugh at the life style of being a mother and a friend, but this film is not meant for everyone,
Anyone who does not know what it is like to be a mother full time would not fully grab the potential of what this movie could be.
Uma Thurman as Eliza, a mother of two and a struggling writer for blogs, tries to find the 500 words of what it means to be in 'motherhood', where she ends up discovering what it means to other mothers.
I found the film to be a bit overwhelming and over depressing at times. Not every motherhood is like this. Maybe to some than most, but it almost felt like it was showing what nightmares what a mother will go through. Indeed, the outcome of all of this mess is the love one has for their child and loyal companion.
I was not impressed too much with Uma in it, considering all I can think of she has come a long way from Pulp Fiction (1994) and now she is really old enough to understand what it is like to be a mother.
January 27, 2010
That was the most exhausting movie I've ever watched! I do envy the city apartment believe it or not. I'd love to own a townhouse.