Motherhood

2009

Motherhood

Critics 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.

20%

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Total Count: 51

16%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,397
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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.

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Cast

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 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
Foxy
as Coupon
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Critic Reviews for Motherhood

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (41)

  • 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.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nina Caplan

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This whiny drivel makes me ashamed to be a woman.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Few vanity projects can be as ill-conceived as this laughless, goggingly slow Uma Thurman vehicle.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 7, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Motherhood gives upper-middle-class whining a bad name.

    Oct 26, 2009
  • Unfortunately, nothing here digs too deep.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Motherhood

  • Jun 08, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2010
    An irritating plea for a little more 'Me' time.... Uma Thurman plays Eliza, a harried Manhattan stay at home mom who struggles to juggle her young son and a distracted husband (Anthony Edwards) while planning her daughter's sixth birthday, maintaining her mommy's blog (In it she poses rhetorical and obvious musings like, "Must a woman's soul wither and die simply because she has children?") and writing an essay for a parenting magazine before the fast-approaching deadline. It sounds simple enough as all she has to do is write 500 words answering the deceptively simple question, "What Does Motherhood Mean to Me? <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=b88y6s" target="_blank"><img src="http://i53.tinypic.com/b88y6s.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> On this particular day her physical energy is drained from keeping an eye on her two-year-old and avoiding the traffic wardens prowling outside her Manhattan rent stabilized home as she tries to get her car moved to the other side of the street to avoid a ticket. She's also trying to make peace with her best friend (Minnie Driver) after blogging one of their intimate conversations, coping with a misspelled name on the birthday cake and a young man in a store line who criticizes her manner for talking too loud on her cell phone. It's amazing she doesn't just collapse in a heap given the cumulative impact of all these irritations and mishaps. After a kind-hearted and handsome messenger boy (Arjun Gupta) helps her carry her packages to her apartment, Eliza invites him in and is pleased by his attention when she tells him about her writing. In addition he compliments her appearance and she feels flattered and even gets rid of some stress by dancing to a favorite tune. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=29ogx2g" target="_blank"><img src="http://i55.tinypic.com/29ogx2g.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> My thoughts: The film is filled with incidents about ordinary things that can drive people crazy. Unfortunately, the incidents are so contrived; it only casts aspersions on the entire population of New York City. I believe that the filmmakers intended for us to empathize with mothers trying to hold on to some semblance of self-identity as they plow through yard-long to-do lists. Full time mothers have the toughest job in our society, and the most important but being a mother can, and should, be wonderfully rewarding despite all the work and frustrations. The heart does not swell with empathy as Eliza muses about the "benefits of 9/11" when it comes to cell-phone coverage. She has healthy sweet children, enough money to live well and her loving but absent minded husband Avery (Anthony Edwards) who is the family's sole breadwinner manages to find a job that allows him flexible hours so that he can come home during the day to help Eliza tend to their kids. Instead Eliza comes across as being selfish and self-absorbed. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=fzby40" target="_blank"><img src="http://i51.tinypic.com/fzby40.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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