My family and I received the movie MOTHERHOOD starring Academy Award®-Nominee Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) in the crazy new comedy, MOTHERHOOD. MOTHERHOOD is loaded with bonus features, includes revealing interviews with Thurman and co-stars Anthony Edwards (“E.R.,” Zodiac) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, “The Riches”). MOTHERHOOD takes us on a journey through the chaotic day of Eliza Welsh, an urban, stay-at-home mother of two, who comes to realize – in between birthday party fiascos, playground politics and life’s daily messes – what it really means to be a mother. Following its Sundance Film Festival premiere last January, and its 2009 theatrical release in over 20 major markets, MOTHERHOOD will be available on both DVD and Blu-Ray on February 23rd, 2010.
Eliza Welch (Thurman) is a former fiction writer-turned-mom-blogger with her own site, “The Bjorn Identity”. Putting her deeper creative ambitions on hold to raise her two children, Eliza lives and works in two rent-stabilized apartments in a walk-up tenement building smack in the middle of an otherwise upscale Greenwich Village. Eliza’s good-natured but absent-minded husband (Edwards) seems tuned out to his wife’s conflicts, not to mention basic domestic reality, while her best friend Sheila (Driver) understands this – and Eliza — all too well.
Shot entirely on location in New York’s West Village, MOTHERHOOD takes place in a single day that pushes to the tipping point Eliza’s fundamental fear she’s lost herself. Starting at dawn, her to-do list is daunting: prepare for and throw her daughter’s 6th birthday party, mind her toddler son, battle for a parking space during an epic alternate side parking showdown, navigate playground politics with overbearing moms, and mend a rift after posting her best friend’s confession on her blog. On top of it all, Eliza decides to enter a contest run by an upscale parenting magazine. All she has to do is write 500 words answering the deceptively simple question, “What Does Motherhood Mean to Me?” And, it’s in the process of trying by nightfall to put these thoughts into words that don’t “sound like bad ad copy,” Eliza rediscovers her own voice and realizes what is truly valuable in her life.
I had to sit down and watch this movie again after judging it a little harshly at first. I honestly have no idea how hard it is to live with two kids in a busy city with a number of different obligations. Though, I can relate to the feeling of being at ends meet on occasion, feeling not appreciated by anyone, dealing with other “mothers” and the crazy advice they give, and many other things portrayed in this movie.
The movie is a little exaggerated but that’s what gets us to laugh seeing the humor in our day to day lives. I didn’t agree with the entire message in the movie but found certain situations amusing and not far from the truth. I will warn that you probably shouldn’t watch this movie with a younger crowd as there are adult situations, foul language, and sexual references.
Credit: The majority of this content was taken from the Sugar Mountain PR/Motherhood promotional.
Disclaimer: Motherhood on DVD was provided for FREE and the review is of my personal opinion. Thank you Sugar Mountain PR(Beth Blenz-Clucas) and MOTHERHOOD.