Mother's Day (2016 film)

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Mother's Day
Mother's Day poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Tom Hines
  • Anya Kochoff Romano
  • Matt Walker
Story by
  • Tom Hines
  • Lily Hollander
  • Garry Marshall
  • Matt Walker
Starring
Narrated by Penny Marshall
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Charles Minsky
Edited by Bruce Green
Robert Malina
Production
companies
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release date
  • April 13, 2016 (2016-04-13) (Los Angeles)
  • April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[2]
Box office $48.4 million[3]

Mother's Day is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Marshall, Tom Hines, Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff-Romano and Matt Walker. It features an ensemble cast, led by Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Héctor Elizondo and Margo Martindale. Filming began on August 18, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. It was released in the United States on April 29, 2016, by Open Road Films and grossed $43 million worldwide.

The film is similar in format to Marshall's previous two ensemble romantic comedies with holiday themes: Valentine's Day (2010) and New Year's Eve (2011) and was the final film of his career prior to his death in July 2016.

Plot[edit]

As Mother's Day draws close, a group of seemingly unconnected people in Atlanta come to terms with the relationships they have with their mothers. Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband has recently remarried a younger woman named Tina (Shay Mitchell). Miranda (Julia Roberts) is an accomplished writer who gave up her only child, Kristin (Britt Robertson), for adoption at birth. But as a grown-up Kristin prepares herself for marriage, she begins to contemplate the missing part in her life and is encouraged by her friend, Jesse (Kate Hudson), to go out and find her mother. Meanwhile, Jesse and her sister Gabi, who never see their mother, are surprised by their parents when they come to visit and must come to terms with their failing relationship.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In April 2013, Dennis Dugan confirmed that he would next develop Garry Marshall's comedy film Mother's Day.[7]

Casting[edit]

On June 30, 2015, four cast members were announced, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis, with the film to be directed by Garry Marshall and scripted by Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander.[4] Brandt Andersen produced, along with Wayne Rice and Mike Karz.[4] On July 22, 2015, Open Road Films acquired US distribution rights to the film, and it was revealed that Matt Walker and Tom Hines would co-write the script.[8] On August 21, 2015, Ella Anderson joined the film's cast to play Vicky, Sudeikis's character's daughter.[6] On August 26, 2015, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson, Shay Mitchell, Jack Whitehall, Loni Love, and Aasif Mandvi joined the cast.[5] On October 6, Hilary Duff was confirmed to appear, but she declined because of her role in the second season of Younger.[9]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on August 18, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.[10][11] Though shooting her part required only four days, Julia Roberts was paid $3 million.[12]

Release[edit]

Mother's Day was released domestically on April 29, 2016 by Open Road Films.[8]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Mother's Day grossed $32.5 million in the U.S. and Canada and $11.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $43.8 million against a budget of $25 million.[13]

In the United States and Canada, pre-release tracking suggested the film would gross around $11 million from 3,035 theaters in its opening weekend, trailing fellow newcomer Keanu ($10–14 million projection) but besting Ratchet & Clank ($8–10 million projection).[14] The film grossed $2.6 million on its first day and $8.4 million in its opening weekend, finishing 4th at the box office, behind The Jungle Book ($43.7 million), The Huntsman: Winter's War ($9.6 million), and Keanu ($9.5 million). In its second weekend the film grossed $11.1 million (an increase of 32.5%), finishing 3rd at the box office, behind Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) and The Jungle Book ($24.5 million).[15]

Critical response[edit]

Mother's Day was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 136 reviews with an average rating of 2.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Arguably well-intended yet thoroughly misguided, Mother's Day is the cinematic equivalent of a last-minute gift that only underscores its embarrassing lack of effort."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 18 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[17] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[18]

Richard Roeper gave the film zero out of four stars, saying, "...nothing could have prepared us for the offensively stupid, shamelessly manipulative, ridiculously predictable and hopelessly dated crapfest that is Mother's Day."[19]

Peter Bradshaw, writing in The Guardian, gave the film one star out of five, calling it "as feelgood and life-affirming as a fire in an asbestos factory neighbouring a children's hospital."

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipients Result
Teen Choice Awards[20] Choice Movie: Comedy Mother's Day Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress Julia Roberts Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Kate Hudson Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MOTHER'S DAY (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ "More Mowgli Moola As 'Jungle Book' Cruises Over Three Wide Entries – Box Office Preview". deadline.com. 
  3. ^ "Mother's Day (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Jaafar, Ali (June 30, 2015). "Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis Anchor Garry Marshall's 'Mother's Day' Package". deadline.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Hipes, Patrick (August 26, 2015). "Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell & More Join 'Mother's Day' Pic". deadline.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (August 21, 2015). "Ella Anderson Joins 'Mother's Day' Cast; Cheryl Ladd Is 'Unforgettable'". deadline.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ Sztypuljak, David (April 18, 2013). "Dennis Dugan Confirms He's Developing New Year's Eve Sequel 'Mother's Day'". heyuguys.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (July 22, 2015). "Open Road Acquires Garry Marshall's 'Mother's Day' Starring Julia Roberts". variety.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hilary Duff integra elenco do novo filme "Mother's Day", ao lado de Jennifer Aniston e Julia Roberts". Dammit. August 26, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "On the Set for 8/21/15: Eddie Redmayne Starts Fantastic Beasts, Russo Brothers Wrap Up Captain America: Civil War". ssninsider.com. August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "'Mother's Day' filming locations in Atlanta this week". onlocationvacations.com. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Julia Roberts Made $3 Million for 4 Days on 'Mother's Day' (EXCLUSIVE)". 
  13. ^ "Mother's Day (2016)". The Numbers. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ Berhoeven, Beatrice. "Disney's 'The Jungle Book' to Lead Third Weekend in a Row Ahead of 'Keanu'". TheWrap. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 8, 2016). "Disney's Spoils Of 'Civil War': $61M+ Saturday As 'Captain America' Heads To $181.8M". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Mother's Day (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Mother's Day reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. 
  19. ^ "'Mother's Day': Stupid crapfest should be neither seen nor heard". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  20. ^ Vulpo, Mike (May 24, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners". E!. Archived from the original on May 25, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 

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