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Motherhood (I) (2009)

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In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

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Clara
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Edith
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French Neighbor
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Her Daughter
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Hester
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Annoyed Man
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Roofer in Truck
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Eliza Kendall Welch (Uma Thurman), mother of, Clara, and Lucas, lives with her spouse, Avery McKendrik (Anthony Edwards), in an Manhattan apartment. Today is May 25th, Clara's 6th birthday, and she has to make arrangements for a party, as well as attend to day-to-day chores, including Blogging, and entering an online contest 'Motherhood', and looking after her invalid elderly neighbor and a dog. Things will slowly get out of hand after her car gets towed due to a film shooting; the tire on her bike gets punctured; she alienates herself from her friend, Sheila (Minnie Driver); Clara's name is misspelled on the cake; while Avery refuses to answer his cell-phone. After being assisted by a delivery man, Nikesh (Arjun Gupta), who finds her attractive, she concludes she has had enough, and decides not to return home. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and a brief drug comment | See all certifications »

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28 August 2009 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,081 (USA) (23 October 2009)

Gross:

$92,900 (USA) (13 November 2009)
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Grossed $100,000 in the USA in 2009 and, in its UK opening weekend, took a total of £88 - equating to about 11 tickets sold, allegedly making this the lowest grossing film ever released in the UK. See more »

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Eliza refers to Pylon as "The Pylons". See more »

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[reading from her 500-word motherhood-themed article for submission to a magazine prize contest]
Eliza: Motherhood is about accepting the limitations of time and energy which stretch beyond you, even though sometimes it feels they can consume you. Search for and hold on to your own true self. If you lose that, what kind of mother can you be? Things are always changing no matter how much we might want things to stay the same. You could take a picture of your kids every single day and every single day ...
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Streets of Your Town
Written by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan
Performed by The Go-Betweens
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd / Tag 5
Under license from EMI Music Australia Pty Limited
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New York Mom
15 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't always like the "german" titles American (or other "foreign") movies get in Germany. But in this instance, I think the title (which I wrote as my summary line) fits better than the original title. It also might get some people off the case/movie, who seem to genuinely hate the movie. I don't think, the filmmakers went out there, to show us the "ultimate" truth about parenthood (or motherhood for that matter), but just a slice of life.

Of course that doesn't mean, that the movie has no deficits. It seems a bit unbalanced and one sided at times. But it still has quite a few moments. And depending on your likings, you might nod your head in agreement or shake it in disagreement/disgust. It's definitely a movie that was made for a specific audience. Hate it or love it for it


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