Say what you want about director Garry Marshall’s films as of late – but you can’t say they don’t make a fortune for the studio distributing. For the past few years, he’s been at the helm of large ensemble pictures based on national holidays. Though they haven’t necessarily hit with critics, commercially, they’ve done extremely well. In 2010, VALENTINE’S DAY was made for $52 million and grossed $218 million worldwide. In 2011, NEW YEAR’S EVE’s budget was $56 million and wound up raking in a whopping $142 mil worldwide. Basically, he knows what he’s doing – and he’s gonna do it again in 2016 with MOTHER’S DAY.
The film – which stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, character actress Margo Martindale, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson and Marshall stalwarts Julia Roberts and Hector Elizondo – tells the tale of three generations’ prickly, problematic and profound relationships with their mother figures. Some are loving. Some are overbearing. And some are non-existent. There’s even a Mr. Mom! Heart-filled sentiments about motherhood – what that means and entails – are bound to be explored in this female-driven film.
Marshall’s practically trademarked schmaltz and saccharine-infused celebrations of Hallmark holidays are perfect for lampooning. Who could ever forget 30 ROCK’s parody trailer for Marshall’s fictitious Martin Luther King Day movie that Jenna Marone (Jane Krakowski) co-starred in with Nick Cannon and Emma Stone?!
All that said, MOTHER’S DAY, well, looks like it could be a game-changer. Everyone either has a mom, or, at the very least, knows a mom that should be fetted come Mother’s Day. What better way to observe the holiday this year than to take the mom you love (or loathe) to see this?!
MOTHER’S DAY opens on April 29.