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Motherhood (2009)

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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.

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for language, sexual references and a brief drug comment)
Genre:
Comedy
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$50,081.00
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Cast

Uma Thurman
as Eliza
Minnie Driver
as Sheila
Daisy Tahan
as Clara
Stephanie Szostak
as French Neighbor
Celina Vignaud
as Her Daughter
Dale Soules
as Hester
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
Clea Lewis
as Lily
Jake Smith
as Snotty Production Assistant
Aunjanue Ellis
as Sample Sale Friend
Ellen Crown
as Sample Sale Eavesdropper
Maya Ri Sanchez
as Mom in Party Store
Lois Robbins
as Tense Woman in Party Store
Samantha Bee
as Alison Hopper
Javier Picayo
as Annoyed Guy in Party Store Line
Jenny Kirlin
as Bakery Clerk
Shannon Burkett
as Woman in Bakery Line
Arjun Gupta
as Nikesh
Foxy
as Coupon
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Critic Reviews for Motherhood

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20)

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.

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

It scares straight any wishful daydreams about parenting, living in Manhattan and even looking like Uma Thurman.

October 23, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

Uma Thurman's performance is the best reason to watch this film. Minnie Driver also provides solid support. The film needed a rewrite. The film felt more like a bad tv sitcom brought to the big screen. A lot of the situations in the film reminded me of Over the top situations that I would see in sitcoms like Seinfeld. Also I thought Anthony Edwards was miscast as Uma's husband. They didn't have any on screen chemistry in my opinion. I did like seeing Jodie Foster make a cameo appearance in the film.

Sol C
Sol C

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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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