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The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 19 February 2007
Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones.

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Daniel (Robert Pattinson) has been spending a lot of time with his crush, Charlotte, who has just learned she is pregnant. Daniel helps Charlotte with her pregnancy struggles and finds himself on a memorable 9-month journey with three independent, outspoken women. Through the tears, laughter and love this dysfunctional family find a way to sticks it out together. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, thematic elements and some smoking | See all certifications »

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Das Handbuch für Rabenmütter  »

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Daniel Gale: Don't get cross with me. I'm not the one that got your pregnant.
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22 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I chose to watch this film before I read the book so as to form an unbiased opinion. Having said that, I still had issues with the film.

The movie could have been at least half-an-hour longer. There were bits where it felt like pieces of the story were missing. Given that the film was from Charlotte (Holliday Grainger) and Karen's (Catherine Tate) perspective, there was just not enough to give each character a thorough arc. The entire film was rushed and incomplete; like when you write and essay at the last minute, without having read the book.

Despite all this, the performances were fantastic by all the cast members. I must note, however, that Steve (Steve John Shepherd) and Leo (Steve Pemberton) felt like unnecessary characters. They had so little screen time, and so little importance to the main story that the film could have done well without them. If they had been removed, it would have provided space to insert those missing parts I mentioned earlier!

There were some pretty funny one-liners and banter. The opening monologue in particular was incredibly funny.

Overall, I feel the movie definitely could have been better. But as is, it's fairly entertaining.


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