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Motherhood (2009)



Critic Consensus: Despite Uma Thurman's comic skills, Motherhood's contrived set-ups and cliched jokes keep this comedy from delivering laughs -- or insights into modern parenting.

Movie Info

Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, and Anthony Edwards star in writer/director Katherine Dieckmann's slice of life indie Motherhood, which follows a hapless mother of two as she attempts to prepare for her daughter's rapidly approaching sixth birthday party. Along the way, the harried mother is forced to contend with a monumental series of unexpected urban challenges.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual references and a brief drug comment)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Katherine Dieckmann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Box Office: $50.1k
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Stephanie Szostak
as French Neighbor
Celina Vignaud
as Her Daughter
James Lecesne
as Annoyed Man
Marceline Hugot
as Curious Tourist
Victor Colicchio
as Roofer in Truck
Brian Tarantina
as Opera Lover in Car
Kerry Bishé
as "Good Sharing" Mom
Betsy Aidem
as Jordan's Mom
Neal Huff
as Stay-At-Home Dad
Orlagh Cassidy
as Scarsdale Mom
Jodie Foster
as Herself
Jake Smith
as Snotty Production As...
Aunjanue Ellis
as Sample Sale Friend
Ellen Crown
as Sample Sale Eavesdro...
Maya Ri Sanchez
as Mom in Party Store
Lois Robbins
as Tense Woman in Party...
Samantha Bee
as Alison Hopper
Javier Picayo
as Annoyed Guy in Party...
Jenny Kirlin
as Bakery Clerk
Shannon Burkett
as Woman in Bakery Line
as Coupon
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Critic Reviews for Motherhood

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (19)

I wouldn't care if she was at the epicentre of the movement for global peace: she's a happily married mother who looks like Uma Thurman, and my reserves of sympathy are limited.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Whiny and self-involved, Thurman's mother of two sees judgment around every corner and believes the universe has conspired against her because the bakery misspelled her daughter's name on a birthday cake.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Motherhood gives upper-middle-class whining a bad name.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Unfortunately, nothing here digs too deep.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The humor is soft, the dramas are small, and the movie stumbles from loose and scruffy naturalism to sitcom tidiness.

October 23, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Filmmaker Dieckmann has infused Motherhood with a meandering sensibility that immediately sets the viewer on edge...

Full Review… | December 4, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Motherhood

Being a full time Dad and doing 90 mpercent of daily work I can relate with this movie and the 1000's of Moms who are home doing it alone. 4 STARS

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I think the story has many truthful moments and the script delivers some wise and funny lines.
Uma Thurman is wonderful as Eliza Welsh, a mother of two who lives in the verge of a nervous breakdown - but it's not a regular one, it's a pretty chaotic 24 hour marathon in which several significant events converge, being the most important of them the celebration of her lovely daughter's sixth birthday. In the supporting roles, Anthony Edwards is excellent portraying the extremely unfocused husband, Minnie Driver looks smart and sparkling in the role of the best friend and Daisy Tahan portrays the part of Clara (Eliza's daughter) with a surprising and overwhelming naturalism.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver, Daisy Tahan, Vincent James Russo

DIRECTED BY: Katherine Dieckmann

In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

I am fully aware at how hard it is to raise children and what it takes. I am also aware that it's a full time job. I don't have any children, but I do have custody of my niece, so I am fully aware as to what it takes to care for a child. This movie did touch on some things that I relate to. But mostly it was a mother bitching non-stop about being a mother and what it has taken away from her and her life. She continues throughout the movie to pity herself and blog about why things can't be a certain way for mothers and so on. Then there is this paper she is writing for some magazine which she continues to write as her daughters birthday party is going on. It just seemed like more of a movie bitching about being a mother and what things you are unable to do and what you missed out on. But in reality that is what happens when you decide to have a child. But she had two, so guess all those things didn't matter at the time. Being a parent is all about sacrifices.
This movie also singled itself out for only a pacific audience. Cause this movie is only going to speak to mothers and no one else. There is nothing in this film that is possible for someone with no kids to relate to. It said that this film is a comedy. Didn't seem like much of a comedy. Not funny at all really. Well... actually the only person I found amusing and entertaining in this film was Minnie Driver. Her character has a good time in a bubble bath with her child's motorized toy, which I found disgusting but a bit funny. This movie is just not worth the hr and a half I spent watching it (felt much longer). But hey, if your a mom and a fan of Uma.. Then this might be a film for you.


Super Reviewer

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