Review: These ‘Mothers and Daughters’ need to lighten up
This year, Mother’s Day has become the hot cinematic holiday, with Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day” and Lorene Scafaria’s “The Meddler” vying for the post-brunch attention of audiences. Another entry makes its way into the mix, “Mothers and Daughters,” from writer Paige Cameron and director Paul Durridge.
It’s a sort of dramatic take on “Mother’s Day,” a star-studded omnibus film about the coincidentally connected lives of families. Though Marshall’s film takes the comedic angle (to mixed results), and “The Meddler” approaches the topic with a sweet, gentle ribbing at mom, “Mothers and Daughters” goes right for the hard stuff, tackling adoption, abortion, cancer, teen pregnancy and bankruptcy.
The emotions about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters are spot on, and there’s no shortage of star power. But there’s an insistently dour fog over the proceedings, and the film feels subdued and sedated without the levity to brighten up things.
“Mothers and Daughters”
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Playing: Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills
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