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The Bad Mother's Handbook

2007

PG-13 CC
4.0 out of 5 stars (57) IMDb 6.6/10

Starring Robert Pattinson from the TWILIGHT series, this film is based on the #1 international bestselling book.

Starring:
Catherine Tate, Anne Reid
Runtime:
1 hour, 12 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Robin Sheppard
Starring Catherine Tate, Anne Reid
Supporting actors Holliday Grainger, Steve John Shepherd, Steve Pemberton, Robert Pattinson, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Oliver Lee, Clare McGlinn, Angela Murray, Pip Torrens, Caroline Harding, Kirsty Leigh Porter, Natascha Edwards, Martin Reeve, Steve Brody, Olga Grahame, Mary Wray, Penny Layden, Caroline O'Neill
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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By Russell S on September 18, 2014
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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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I do not think of Catherine Tate as a tender, sensitive actor, but that is what you get in this film. Tate's comedy usually isn't my taste, but this was a sweet surprise and you do get some of her acerbic style.

The DVD cover features Robert Pattinson who plays a small role. I read that he doesn't consider himself a comedy actor, but he is very funny and endearing as Daniel.

I was actually hadn't considered this DVD until I read some of the other comments. It turned out to be quite enjoyable.
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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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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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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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