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Mother of the Bride (2024 film)

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Mother of the Bride
Release poster
Directed byMark Waters
Written byRobin Bernheim
Produced byBrad Krevoy
CinematographyEd Wu
Edited byTravis Sittard
Music byCaroline Ho
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • May 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Mother of the Bride is a 2024 American romantic comedy film directed by Mark Waters and written by Robin Bernheim. It stars Brooke Shields, Miranda Cosgrove, Sean Teale, Chad Michael Murray, Rachael Harris, and Benjamin Bratt.

After a year abroad in London, Emma returns home and stuns her mother Lana with the news that she's getting married in a month at a resort in Phuket, Thailand. Things get worse when Lana discovers that the husband-to-be RJ is the son of Will, the man who broke her heart years earlier.

The film was released on Netflix on May 9, 2024.


After a year working for Discovery Resorts in London, Emma Winslow's boyfriend RJ surprises her with a proposal. She happily accepts, but is concerned about her mother Lana's reaction as it's been just the two of them since her father died when she was only eight.

In San Francisco, Lana Winslow heads a medical research lab. Emma returns home and announces that, rather than go to grad school or find a job, she's going to run her own business. She'll be receiving a 6-figure-sponsorship in exchange for promoting Discovery. Emma then stuns Lana with the news that she's getting married in a month at a resort in Phuket, Thailand. Once she convinces her mother that she's sure, Lana insists that she's happy for her. Discovery is footing the bill, in exchange for publicity for the resort.

Arriving in Thailand are Lana's best friend Janice, as well as their friends from Stanford, Scott and Clay, who've recently married. Lana soon discovers that RJ is the son of Will Jackson, Scott's brother and her ex-boyfriend also from Stanford.

Lana goes to Will's room to clear the air, inadvertently seeing him naked. Mortified, she leaves hurriedly. Soon after arriving to dinner, Lana goes to 'freshen up', and Emma follows. In the bathroom, she explains that Will ghosted her after graduation. Devastated, Lana changed her number and moved so he couldn't hurt her again. A geneticist, she fears RJ will do the same to Emma.

Back at the table, Lana and Will agree to be maid-of-honor and best man, then RJ thanks Lana for her gift of a cappuccino maker. Will gifts them his condo in Tribeca. Lana later confides to Janice that she fears she can't compete with him.

Discovery brand manager Camala doesn't want Lana's input for most of the wedding planning, as they are pushing certain brands and designers. Lana meets with Janice to vent, then they meet up with their Stanford crew for pickle ball. Playing mixed doubles, Lana and Will shoulder out Janice and Scott. The game ends abruptly when she launches the ball into his privates.

LA doctor Lucas Campion is in awe of Lana, so asks her out for drinks. She meets him, but doesn't stay for very long. The next day, Camala shows Lana the flamboyant, black designer dress she is to wear in the wedding. She reluctantly agrees to it, feeling the brand manager is taking away the joy of the wedding by imposing plans to make it into an event.

As Lana isn't included in that day's wedding plan, she and the Stanford group head out to a secluded island and go skinny dipping. As it's prohibited on hotel property, they get reprimanded. Camala threatens to pull funding for the wedding, so Emma accuses Lana of intentionally undermining the wedding. Emma asks her to leave.

Will overhears, so takes Lana on a ride to cheer her up. The jeep they take to the remote spot fails to start for their return, so they head down to the nearest beach to flag down a boat. There, they finally talk about their past and make peace.

As Emma regrets scolding Lana, RJ suggests she apologize. Realizing Will and Lana are missing, a resort employee goes to fetch them via boat. They are disrupted just before they can kiss. On their return to the hotel, Lucas sees Will and Lana looking cozy together. So, he asks her to call if things don't work out with Will, and Lana reconciles with Emma. At the rehearsal dinner, Lana overhears Will on the phone to a Katrina, saying he cannot live without her. Feeling déjà vu, she immediately distances herself from him.

Emma feels there is something off about her mother, so goes to her room. They talk, and she falls asleep there. The next day, although Lana becomes overwhelmed and cries, the wedding ceremony runs smoothly. When Emma throws the bouquet, Lana dodges it but Will catches it for her.

Confronting Lana, Will demands to know why she's been ignoring him. She asks him about Katrina and he reveals that she is his secretary, who's brought the ring he'd bought for Lana many years ago. Will proposes and, after a moment's hesitation, she accepts.



In February 2023, Netflix announced a romantic comedy film written by Robin Bernheim and to be directed by Mark Waters was in pre-production. Brooke Shields, Miranda Cosgrove, Benjamin Bratt, Chad Michael Murray, Rachael Harris, Sean Teale, Wilson Cruz, Michael McDonald, Tasneem Roc, and Dalip Sondhi were added to the cast.[1][2] Principal photography began in April 2023 in Phuket, Thailand.[3][4]


Mother of the Bride was released on Netflix on May 9, 2024.[5]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 14% of 44 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 3.3/10.[6] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 39 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[7]

Benjamin Lee from The Guardian scored the film a two out of five, writing "It's a slight cut above just how very bad these things can get, but not enough to edge it toward something that would deserve your full attention. So errand away, Mother of the Bride will be just fine playing in the background".[8] Jennifer Green reviewing for Common Sense Media gave the film a score of three out of five.[9]


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  2. ^ Cohen, Anne (April 28, 2023). "Brooke Shields Has Some Unexpected Wedding Guests in Mother of the Bride". Tudum. Archived from the original on March 7, 2023. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  3. ^ Jane Bernabe, Angeline (April 17, 2023). "Brooke Shields says filming for Mother of the Bride is underway". ABC News. Archived from the original on July 8, 2023. Retrieved July 8, 2023.
  4. ^ "Brooke Shields Illuminates Phuket in Netflix's Ongoing Production, Mother of the Bride". Andaman.com. May 21, 2023. Archived from the original on July 8, 2023. Retrieved July 8, 2023.
  5. ^ VanHoose, Benjamin (January 31, 2024). "See Brooke Shields and Miranda Cosgrove in First Look at Netflix Rom-Com Mother of the Bride". People. Archived from the original on February 16, 2024. Retrieved February 16, 2024.
  6. ^ "Mother of the Bride". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 10, 2024. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ "Mother of the Bride". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved May 13, 2024.
  8. ^ Lee, Benjamin (May 9, 2024). "Mother of the Bride review – Brooke Shields leads middling Netflix mush". The Guardian. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  9. ^ Movie & TV reviews for parents. "Mother of the Bride Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 9, 2024.

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