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Bad Mother's Handbook
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
This made for TV movie was based on the best-selling novel: The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long.

Like most people purchasing this DVD, I bought it because Robert Pattinson played a character in it. And I admit, I had low expectations of enjoying anything more than his appearance in it. Of course, that is WHY they are marketing this movie the way they are.

What I was NOT expecting was to see so LITTLE of Rob and yet to enjoy this movie so much. This is a very moving, funny, thought-provoking film. I LOVED the glimpses of Rob... he is so young and plays awkward SO well. Adorable. But I was not disappointed, even though I would have enjoyed seeing more of him, because the Bad Mother's Handbook is just that GOOD.

The story is about a dysfunctional, multigenerational family of women. Middle-aged Karen is stressed and frustrated, struggling to care for both a teenage daughter and mother with Alzheimer's. She has a bit of an identity crisis when she discovers a long-kept secret. Her bright but hormonal daughter, Charlotte, has her own crisis when she discovers that she's pregnant about the same time her dead-beat boyfriend dumps her. Enter Daniel (Robert Pattinson), a new student and doctor's son, who tries to support her in his own nerdy way. Karen strikes out at both her mother and daughter in bitter disappointment, but all the turmoil serves to teach them all some important lessons about love, family, and being a mother. I laughed and had tears...

My advice - if you think this movie stars Rob, lower your expectations and you'll be better able to enjoy a very good movie.

HINT: If you aren't used to HEAVY British/Scottish accents, you might want to turn on the English SUBTITLES. I did and it made all the difference.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2010
While this film is not bad, for a made for TV flick, it is a complete injustice to bill it as a "Robert Pattinson film:. The story is about Charlie, and her relationship with her mother and grandmother. Daniel Gale is an ancillary character at best. This is nothing short of opportunistic advertising, and marketing making the assumption that the public doesn't know better.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
I wanted to see this movie because of Rob Pattinson. I knew he was not the main character so I wasn't surprised by that. I was, however surprised by how wonderful this little film is. It is a warm, loving story of a family. It is beautifully acted and creatively filmed. I enjoyed the story & I really felt for the characters. It is very British & tough to understand the dialogue sometimes, but that just added to, not distracted from. A movie that makes me laugh, cry & look forward to seeing it again deserves 4 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2010
Like most of the viewers, I watched this movie because of Robert Pattinson (he didn't have a major role). Anyway, I was very surprised of how much I liked the movie. Giving it a 5 star because of Catherine Tate's performance, along with the daughter, and grandmother. It's about family, what's important in life, discovery, the ups and down of being a young mother. It's touching! Only bad thing, it was too short. Overall, worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2011
Although Rob Pattinson is in this movie and does a rather good job with his part. This
is really a good example of british humor at
it's best. Rob is endearing but the story is
really about the mother and daughter.

Happy I bought this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
This is a charming movie and the dvd quality is fine, but this version is edited. Cut up scenes and words omitted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
Okay, I get that this movie is the equivalent of "made for TV" here in the U.S. I get that it's kind of "fluffy", dealing with heavy themes (adoption, unplanned pregnancy, family secrets) with a big dose of sardonic humor. I've never read the book, either. I'll admit that I bought the movie because Robert Pattinson was in it and I was curious about his early acting roles. I didn't expect much. What I found was a cute, somewhat heartwarming little film about family ties, VERY British, with likeable characters. Rob's only in it somewhat (which I expected) and it's obvious he's at the beginning of his career--although he has some great moments with his portrayal of awkward, socially-inept Daniel. Holly (these days she's Holiday) Granger is also fun to watch and other actors are adequate (although there are one or two stereotypes which were played a bit too camp for me). Still, I've watched this several times, usually when I just want something light-hearted. Fun little movie!

On a side note, Robert and Holiday appear together in the recent film Bel Ami. Interesting to see their progression as actors a few years later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2012
I absolutely ADORED this movie! Sign me admittedly guilty of buying this DVD only because of the RPattz factor. However, this movie turned out to have a much more substantial storyline than I initially expected. It was refreshing, compelling,and endearing with a twist of humor. The dynamics of the grandmother, mother, and daughter relationships were thought provoking. The storyline gives you much to consider and want to discuss later. I never would have expected this high caliber from a supposed B teen angst movie. However, a disconnect for me was they didn't show how the other students, faculty or neighbors, etc. reacted towards a pregnant teen in British society. I would have appreciated seeing those struggles. Charlotte's pregnancy came across as unrealistically commonplace and acceptable minus any hardships, ostracism, repercussions, etc.; whereas the rest of the movie was so painfully realistic at times that I was moved to tears. There wasn't a message for teens not to get pregnant here. I found the meaning was more directed towards women, their relationships and honesty. Nonetheless, I liked the film very much. It was entertaining and left you wanting to know more. I thought all the actors even down to the saucy ex-husband did a convincing impressive portrayal. As far as the RPattz factor, I thought he was amazing and did one of his best performances as the awkward geek. Frankly, he stole every scene with his warm humor and gentle approach although he was only in a handful of scenes (still worth buying the DVD though for fans!). He had a natural ease in his acting delivery then, which I think he should get back to in the films he's doing now. I'd highly recommend this movie for RPattz fans, pregnant teens and people looking for their birth mothers - not sure who else would find this film as amusing as I did! I plan to watch it over and over again. Hope you enjoy, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2012
If you buy this because Robert Pattinson is in it you may be disappointed as he is definitely not playing a sexy romantic character. And you better enjoy British humor as it's very different. What I found is that Pattinson is a very diversified actor who can realistically portray many types of characters. Watch his acting in this as a nerdy fellow - it's quite believable. I just wish there was more of him in the movie.
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on September 19, 2014
actually, if I could go 4.5, I would. Another brilliant British movie. We have Robert Pattinson on the cover but he isn't the focal point of the story, however, he does give another brilliant turn in this movie. he always seems to be brilliant. Nope, this is the story of the ladies, 3 generations, charlotte, her mom and her grandmom. Can I even start to tell you what a terrific movie this is and what amazing performances there are in it. Tears, laughs and tons of love too. If you want a terrific multi-generational movie with a great story and acting....GET THIS MOVIE. Oh, Charlotte's Dad is a hoot, too. Another superior ensemble cast.
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