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Motherhood (I) (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 August 2009 (Spain)
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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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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 (

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

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Release Date:

28 August 2009 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Mãe em Apuros  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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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A truthful reflection of everyday life for many people
28 January 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a mother's hectic day, trying to fit everything she has to do in just 24 hours.

"Motherhood" details what a mother of two has to do in a day, from housework, organising her daughter's birthday party, shopping and writing. The events seem ordinary, but it successfully highlights the stress of being a mother and a housewife. It's a job that has no off office hours, no breaks and no days off. Their demands and difficulties of their roles are often underestimated and unappreciated. It reminds us that people need encouragement and acknowledgment to survive the mundane routine. It reminds us not to take love for granted.

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