Raising kids is never easy. Eliza, a stay-at-home mom of two, hilariously finds this out in seemingly endless day where she must plan a birthday party, deal with her scatter-brained husband, save her car from being towed, and write an essay for a parenting magazine before the fast-approaching deadline. Starring Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver.
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We had movie night with my parents, who are addicted to watching movies, as well as my husband and I are. My parents went back home after 20 minutes as they couldn't take it anymore. We watched the rest, but it was painful.
What we thought would be a fast-paced fun movie to watch, ended up being a slow and depressing movie. This family lives in a small apartment in New York, where there have to take stairs up and down several times a day. They have a very old car and a bicycle to run their errands. The husband seems like a jerk the entire movie (which ends up not being the case). The mom doesn't really run around all day, but what we see is her struggling through the day going shopping for her daughter's 6th birthday party on her bicycle and coming back exhausted from it. The movie shows how difficult it is for that particular family to handle daily tasks and the complications of adding extra things to the "to-do-list", such as having to move their car constantly because they live in New York city and the fear of losing their parking space. I did not relate to them in any way. We live in the suburbs with a house and a decent car and we have never had to rush out to move our car or do our shopping on a bike. The movie was very slow. I can see how someone living in New York could relate, but anyone else would probably not.
If you think you're going to see a "comedy", it's not. The movie makes bad references about all types of mom: the normal mom (Uma Thurman), the crazy organic mom, the single (and pregnant) mom, the rich mom who everything seems perfect and easy, the mom-arrazzy... This is a movie that we will never watch again, even though I love Uma Thurman. Ugh.... it was such a wast of our time.
I even watched the trailer before I purchased the movie. Not what I expected.
I hope this will help someone out there.
Otherwise, they did a good job of showing her mounting frustration as she tried to carry out her motherly and business duties in a timely fashion while still being efficient at both but come on people. Some things about single parents don't need to be discussed on the big screen. It's private.
As far as quality goes, it was great, and I have no complaints. I got it in the mail pretty fast..
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