Mary Poppins Returns
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Hardly a bundle of joy.
A fairly laidback movie that isn't serious and isn't funny and isn't much of anything.
Laughs outweigh pathos in likable movie about a woman's need to have a baby.
There's a lot to be said for such an effortlessly graceful pairing when so little is usually said about such strong female friendships on the big screen.
"Expecting" is not a bad movie; it's just not a very good one. The director's intentions are clear enough but the execution never reaches the expectation.
The weak characterization combined with tonal inconsistencies, by-the-numbers plot structure, and poor writing, create a film that fails to draw its audience in.
Nicely dressed, nicely lit, nicely shot, and completely empty of both wit and observation.
... feels more contrived than authentic in its exploration of contemporary families and relationships.
A strained, tone-deaf and almost offensively slapdash train wreck. But hey, if fans of Monaghan or Mitchell feel compelled to hear them rhapsodize about 'gargling balls...'
Give us farts, but please make them funny ones.
Editorial compromises soon eat away at the viewing experience, changing what appears to be a deeply felt journey of empowerment into a soggy parade of wackiness and hazily defined subplots.
A queasy mix of tones and approaches that makes the film feel divided against itself.
There's a reason that no one has heard about this little seen, little heard from independent film. While the trailer presents this as a strange dramedy about the intricacies of friendship and adoption, there's very little comedy involved. The characters in this film are all narcissistic a-holes, especially Andie (Monaghan). Andie says some horrible things to all characters involved, and then gives a haughty laugh like it's part of her quirky humor, rather than her being a terrible person. She's just mean-spirited and spiteful throughout, and the fact that the film tries to pass that off as comedy only makes it that much less funny. The other characters are no better. Lizzie (Mitchell) goes along with everything Andie says, and she doesn't exhibit any character development, and there's no insight into her relationship with her husband. By the end there's supposed to be some form of growth in their relationship, which wasn't evident throughout the rest of the film and comes off as shoehorned in. Casey (Weston) and Peter (Dore) are brothers, but they act like lifetime enemies, and there's no explanation for why they treat each other like this, except that Casey is an addict. Every action taken by every character comes off as wrong, every sentence sounds awkward, and every moment is agony to sit through.
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