Motherhood is an entertaining look at a day in the life of a busy city mom who is harried, worn out, seemingly unappreciated, and with a to-do list a mile long. We’ve all been there, right? But Eliza, mom of two young children, seems to have everything going against her, from the movie being filmed on their block that very day to the crazy long lines shopping and parking battles.
A very few of the things on her list: She needs to throw a birthday party for her daughter, keep an eye on her toddler son (oh the park politics, so funny and TRUE!), and she’s given herself the task of entering a contest requiring a 500-word essay on what motherhood means to her. Sounds easy, but she soon finds it’s not that simple – and in thinking so deeply about it she begins to wonder if somewhere along the line she has lost herself in the craziness of life.
I have to say that Motherhood was totally different from what I was expecting. Although I did enjoy it and will probably watch it again, it wasn’t my favorite mommyhood film. With phrases like “stay-at-home mom”, “hysterical comedy”, and “mom blogger” in the movie description, Eliza sounds like a movie mom I can really relate to. But it didn’t turn out that way. Now I’m not saying that Eliza’s character isn’t likable, because she is! The entire family is, really – her children are cute and her husband is good-natured though a little off in his own world. But this isn’t, as I first thought, about the love between a mom and her children. It is the story of a mom “finding herself”. And I think that’s great (lol), but I feel differently than she did about family life and my role as a mom. I guess I prefer movies that are feel-good and encourage family unity and closeness – I like to see a lot of love between the characters, and I didn’t feel that with this one.
I wouldn’t call Motherhood “hysterical”, either. Some scenes are funny, but it’s mainly situational, “I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened” funny. And there is one way-too-long scene where she dances around to rock music with the young, (supposed to be attractive) UPS man in a fit of “Wow, he thinks I’m intelligent…” wistful craziness. I just didn’t get that.
All that said, it was really interesting taking a peek at the daily struggles of a big-city mom. I can tell you one thing: I do NOT want to live in a big city ever! It looks very stressful, though it was presented in a comical way, from the parking wars (in front of their apartment!) to the snotty, rich, and arrogant woman living downstairs who is horrified at the thought of a bunch of 6-year-olds having a birthday party in the apartment above her.
Uma Thurman really was perfect for this part. She has a lot of character, and that’s something Eliza definitely needs with the stuff she faces daily. Her expressions when dealing with the arrogant neighbor, slightly scary mom she meets at the park, and rude “young people” she comes across in line at the store are really hilarious.
One thing, if you’re feeling that no one knows what you’re going through and that your life as a mom is TOUGH, watch this movie. You may feel differently after, and you’ll certainly feel better after laughing – maybe not hysterically, but there are some very funny scenes. ;-) I definitely think you should watch this yourself, then come back here and tell me what you thought!
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