How could a movie with so many big-name actresses be so bad? Even Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci, Selma Blair, and Susan Sarandon couldn’t save this contrived (and not very well-acted) tale of interwoven lives, secrets, surprise pregnancies, adoption, loser boyfriends/husbands, and mother/daughter reconciliations fit for the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
Despite the lousy reviews, I thought Mothers and Daughters might be right for POGO because of its premise: How parents and grown children connect in a world with so much conspiring against them. And, to its credit, the film does realistically portray most of their interactions via texting, Facetime, Skype, and (often unanswered) phone calls. Although the film is dedicated to the filmmakers’ mothers, for the most part their portrayal of mothers is unsympathetic.
The most entertaining interlude in the film features Susan Sarandon, whose daughter is hitting her up for a $32,000 loan so her under-performing husband can start an iffy business. At one point the daughter gets short with her mother, and the dialogue goes something like:
Daughter: “I’m not asking for a loan. It’s an investment.”
Mother: “In designer cakes?”
Daughter: “Yes, but I’m hanging up now because you keep calling it a loan.”
Mother: “You know what, I can’t do this. I don’t hear from you in two years and I have to speak to you in predetermined phrases? I didn’t raise you to be a bully.”
The P.S. is that the mother comes through with the $32,000. Anyway, only see this picture if you’re down with the flu, totally desperate or have to eat a carton of popcorn before its expiration date. Available on Netflix.
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