Mother's Day (2016 film)

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Mother's Day
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarry Marshall
Screenplay by
  • Tom Hines
  • Anya Kochoff Romano
  • Matt Walker
Story by
  • Tom Hines
  • Lily Hollander
  • Garry Marshall
  • Matt Walker
Produced by
  • Brandt Andersen
  • Howard Burd
  • Daniel Diamond
  • Mark DiSalle
  • Wayne Rice
  • Mike Karz
Narrated byPenny Marshall
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Edited byBruce Green
Robert Malina
Music byJohn Debney
Distributed byOpen Road Films
Release dates
  • April 13, 2016 (2016-04-13) (Los Angeles)
  • April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[2]
Box office$48.8 million[3]

Mother's Day is a 2016 American romantic dramedy film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Marshall, Tom Hines, Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff-Romano, and Matt Walker. It features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Shay Mitchell, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Héctor Elizondo, and Margo Martindale. Filming began on August 18, 2015, in Atlanta. It was the final film of Marshall's career prior to his death in July 2016[4] as well as the final film appearance of his sister Penny before her death in December 2018.[5]

Mother's Day was theatrically released in the United States on April 29, 2016, by Open Road Films. It was panned by critics and grossed $48 million worldwide. At the 37th Golden Raspberry Awards, Roberts and Hudson received nominations for Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress respectively.


As Mother's Day nears, a group of seemingly-unconnected people in Atlanta come to terms with their relationships with their mothers.

Sandy is a divorced mother of two sons, Mikey and Peter, whose ex-husband, Henry has recently married a younger woman, Tina. Still getting used to this, she meets Bradley, a former Marine, in the supermarket. Bradley's wife Dana, a Marine Lieutenant, died a year previously, leaving him with their two daughters, Vicky and Rachel.

Kristin, adopted from birth, has her own daughter, Katie, and mulls over marrying the father of her child, Zack. She considers her life incomplete and her friend Jesse encourages her to search for her birth mother. Jesse also happens to be Sandy's best friend.

Jesse is married and has a son, Tanner, with Russell, who is Indian. Her sister Gabi is married to her wife Max and has a son, Charlie. When their racist, homophobic parents, Earl and Florence, unexpectedly show up, they have to come to terms with who their daughters are and the partners they have chosen.

As she's in Atlanta promoting her latest book, Miranda, an accomplished author and television personality, gets a surprise visit from Kristin, who is her daughter who she was forced to give her up for adoption at birth, as she was very young. Their making up leads to Kristin asking Zach to marry her on air and marrying on the same day, so Miranda can participate.

Jesse and Gabi's parents ambush them and their partners on their camper-van, and with Russell's mom's help through Skype, force him to make up with Jesse. Later on, the families including his mom, who flies in from Vegas, celebrate Mother's Day with a picnic in the park.

Sandy and Bradley meet again by chance in the hospital. She's there because of her younger son's asthma attack, he because of a mishap in the Mother's Day party he was throwing which ended with his going to the hospital for a broken leg. Helping her get unstuck from a vending machine, combined with his daughters' encouragement, Bradley finally starts to see her in a positive light.




In April 2013, Dennis Dugan confirmed that he would next develop Garry Marshall's comedy film Mother's Day.[6]


On June 30, 2015, four cast members were announced, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis. The film was directed by Garry Marshall and scripted by Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander.[7] Brandt Andersen produced, along with Wayne Rice and Mike Karz.[7] On July 22, 2015, Open Road Films acquired US distribution rights to the film and it was revealed that Matt Walker and Tom Hines would co-write the script.[8] On August 21, 2015, Ella Anderson joined the film's cast to play Vicky, Sudeikis' character's daughter.[9] On August 26, 2015, Timothy Olyphant, Britt Robertson, Shay Mitchell, Jack Whitehall, Loni Love, and Aasif Mandvi joined the cast.[10] On October 6, Hilary Duff was confirmed to appear, but she declined due to scheduling conflicts with filming the second season of her show Younger.[11]


Principal photography on the film began on August 18, 2015, in Atlanta.[12][13] Though shooting her part required only four days, Julia Roberts was paid $3 million.[14]


Mother's Day was released domestically on April 29, 2016, by Open Road Films.[8]


Box office[edit]

Mother's Day grossed $32.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $16.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $48.8 million, against a production budget of $25 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Keanu and Ratchet & Clank, and was projected to gross around $11 million from 3,035 theaters in its opening weekend.[15] The film grossed $2.6 million on its first day and $8.4 million in its opening weekend, finishing 4th at the box office, behind The Jungle Book ($43.7 million), The Huntsman: Winter's War ($9.6 million), and Keanu ($9.5 million). In its second weekend, which coincided with the holiday, the film grossed $11.1 million (an increase of 32.5%), finishing 3rd at the box office, behind Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) and The Jungle Book ($24.5 million).[16]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 8% based on 157 reviews and an average rating of 2.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Arguably well-intended yet thoroughly misguided, Mother's Day is the cinematic equivalent of a last-minute gift that only underscores its embarrassing lack of effort."[17] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 18 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[18] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[19]

Richard Roeper gave the film zero out of four stars, saying, "...nothing could have prepared us for the offensively stupid, shamelessly manipulative, ridiculously predictable and hopelessly dated crapfest that is Mother's Day."[20]

Peter Bradshaw, writing in The Guardian, gave the film one star out of five, calling it "as feelgood and life-affirming as a fire in an asbestos factory neighbouring a children's hospital."[21]


Award Category Recipients Result
Teen Choice Awards[22] Choice Movie: Comedy Mother's Day Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Jennifer Aniston Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards[23] Worst Actress Julia Roberts Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Kate Hudson Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MOTHER'S DAY (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 27, 2016). "More Mowgli Moola As 'Jungle Book' Cruises Over Three Wide Entries – Box Office Preview". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ a b "Mother's Day (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Garry Marshall, Legendary Hollywood Producer, Director and Writer, Dies at 81". NBC News. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 18, 2018). "Penny Marshall Dies: 'Laverne & Shirley' Star And 'Big', 'League Of Their Own' Helmer Was 75". Deadline. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  6. ^ Sztypuljak, David (April 18, 2013). "Dennis Dugan Confirms He's Developing New Year's Eve Sequel 'Mother's Day'". Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Jaafar, Ali (June 30, 2015). "Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis Anchor Garry Marshall's 'Mother's Day' Package". Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (July 22, 2015). "Open Road Acquires Garry Marshall's 'Mother's Day' Starring Julia Roberts". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  9. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 21, 2015). "Ella Anderson Joins 'Mother's Day' Cast; Cheryl Ladd Is 'Unforgettable'". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 26, 2015). "Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell & More Join 'Mother's Day' Pic". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Hilary Duff integra elenco do novo filme "Mother's Day", ao lado de Jennifer Aniston e Julia Roberts". Dammit. August 26, 2015. Archived from the original on October 15, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "On the Set for 8/21/15: Eddie Redmayne Starts Fantastic Beasts, Russo Brothers Wrap Up Captain America: Civil War". August 21, 2015. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  13. ^ "'Mother's Day' filming locations in Atlanta this week". August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "Julia Roberts Made $3 Million for 4 Days on 'Mother's Day' (EXCLUSIVE)". May 2016.
  15. ^ Berhoeven, Beatrice (April 26, 2016). "Disney's 'The Jungle Book' to Lead Third Weekend in a Row Ahead of 'Keanu'". TheWrap. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  16. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 8, 2016). "Disney's Spoils Of 'Civil War': $61M+ Saturday As 'Captain America' Heads To $181.8M". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Mother's Day (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  18. ^ "Mother's Day reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "CinemaScore".
  20. ^ Roeper, Richard (April 28, 2016). "'Mother's Day': Stupid crapfest should be neither seen nor heard". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  21. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (June 9, 2016). "Mother's Day review - Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts in skin-crawlingly smug romcom". The Guardian. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  22. ^ Vulpo, Mike (May 24, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners". E!. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  23. ^ "Razzie Awards 2017: Full list of nominations led by 'Zoolander 2' Goldderby". January 23, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2020.

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