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Motherhood (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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Clara
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Her Daughter
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Hester
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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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$50,081 (USA) (25 October 2009)

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$92,900 (USA) (15 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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Woman in Bakery Line: You have to admit it's your own fault. If you have named her Sophie or Ella you wouldn't be having this problem. But you gave her an Edna name.
Eliza: A what?
Woman in Bakery Line: You know, an Edna name? Like Mabel or Agnes or Velma...
Bakery Clerk: Yeah like lesbian librarian names.
Woman in Bakery Line: Don't you read the Crankypants Post? She did a whole thing last week about names, it was genius.
Eliza: Well, yes, I mean I do read her but I like other parenting blogs better. What about Bjorn Identity?
Woman in Bakery Line: That woman is so... I dunno. I think she's a feminist.
Eliza: Well...
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Former Overexposed Blond
Written by Michèle Vice-Maslin), Dorian Cheah, and Marjorie Maye
Produced and Arranged by Michèle Vice-Maslin & Dorian Cheah
Performed by Kesha
Published by Even Sweetersongs, Dorian Cheah Music, and Time To Fly
Courtesy of Sweetersongs
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slight but sometimes perceptive look at harried motherhood
8 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eliza Welsh is what one of the characters in "Motherhood" refers to derisively as an "urban mom." That is to say a young woman who lives in an upscale part of town (in this case, Greenwich Village), has a hoard of New Age-y mom friends who obsess over the ins-and-outs of successful childrearing, and herself hosts a blog dedicated to - what else? - how to survive the rigors of young motherhood without sacrificing one's identity as a woman, as a wife and as an individual. It's a battle that Eliza seems to be losing at the moment, but at least she's giving it the old college try.

Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, this seriocomic tale takes place on the day before Eliza's oldest child is to turn six. Filled with mixed emotions at the event and saddled with a husband (Anthony Edwards) who seems more focused on his own needs than those of his wife, Eliza struggles with arranging a birthday party, dodging parking tickets, coping with a studio-shoot on her street, looking out for her elderly neighbor, and raising a toddler - all while trying to carve out a little time for herself to write and to do all the things adults (those without children, at least) normally do in the course of their days.

Dieckmann's screenplay is filled with both poignancy and humor as it deftly explores the life of this harried mother. Uma Thurman, in a tour-de-force performance, captures both the manic energy and utter exhaustion of the nonstop merry-go-round that her character finds herself riding on; and she is fully supported by Edwards as her husband, Minnie Driver as her closest girlfriend, and Arjun Fupta ("Nurse Jackie") as a sexy delivery boy who, for a brief moment at least, allows Eliza to let her hair down a bit and to see the heart of the vibrant, sexy, carefree woman that still beats beneath all the motherly obsessions and concerns.

Although it's ultimately a bit too slight in the drama department for it to rise much above the level of a bemusing curiosity, "Motherhood" still has some valid insights to make about its subject.


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