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.


Robin Sheppard


Kate Long (novel), Kate Long (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Tate ... Karen Cooper
Anne Reid ... Nancy Hesketh
Holliday Grainger ... Charlie Cooper (as Holly Grainger)
Steve John Shepherd ... Steve Cooper
Steve Pemberton ... Leo Fairbrother
Robert Pattinson ... Daniel Gale
Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Jessie Pilkington
Oliver Lee Oliver Lee ... Paul Benthem
Clare McGlinn Clare McGlinn ... Advisor Jo-Beth
Angela Murray Angela Murray ... Adviser Annie
Pip Torrens ... Doctor Gale
Caroline Harding Caroline Harding ... Sandra Gale
Kirsty Leigh Porter ... Anya (as Kirsty L. Porter)
Natascha Edwards Natascha Edwards ... Julie
Martin Reeve Martin Reeve ... Consultant


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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Charlie Cooper: Mum, oh no I think my boobs are going to explode. Why didn't you wake me I feel like I've been in a wet t-shirt competition?
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The Bad Mothers Handbook
2 March 2007 | by jessesgirl-comSee all my reviews

I thought this was excellent, i found it very thoughtful towards young mothers, heart touching with the arguments between the daughter and the mother also the grandmother and the mothers, it was heart breaking seeing the old lady crying i was so upset. I love Catherine Tate as this part very different from her *Am I Bovvered* sketches also that boy was FITT! Very sweet too. I feel this was an excellent performance especially from the daughter. I was praying that the T.V was going to say that it will be out on DVD and it is i was thrilled!! I'm watching it now .hehe. In conclusion... THIS FILM IS BRILLIANT I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! ox-The-Ice-Princess-xo

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19 February 2007 (UK) See more »

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Das Handbuch für Rabenmütter See more »

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West Yorkshire, England, UK See more »


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GBP2,000,000 (estimated)
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