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Motherhood (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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Eliza
Anthony Edwards ... Avery
David Schallipp David Schallipp ... Lucas
Matthew Schallipp Matthew Schallipp ... Lucas
Daisy Tahan ... Clara
Alice Drummond ... Edith
Stephanie Szostak ... French Neighbor
Celina Vignaud Celina Vignaud ... Her Daughter
Minnie Driver ... Sheila
Dale Soules ... Hester
James Lecesne ... Annoyed Man
Marceline Hugot ... Curious Tourist
Victor Colicchio Victor Colicchio ... Roofer in Truck
Brian Tarantina ... Opera Lover in Car
Kerry Bishé ... Good Sharing Mom
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Mãe em Apuros See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,081, 25 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$92,900, 15 November 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At around 1hr 22 minutes When Clara was telling Eliza that it's raining outside. She replies with "All right" but she is not saying the words. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Friends (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

CBGB's
Written by Syd Straw, Tim Harris, and Tara Key
Performed by Syd Straw
Courtesy of Volcano Entertainment III, LLC
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Parody and Reality maybe
26 October 2018 | by jrneptuneSee all my reviews

The way it started I thought it was an amusing parody on the modern PC culture. It was a bit a awkward initially but I was focusing on the parody side. Later into the movie it wavered more on being pointless. It might have been meant to be a character study showing how motherhood and womanhood has changed and evolved for the last few generations. The most meaningful scene I felt was delivered by an older actress who in her statement also described what the intent of the movie might have been all about.

The movie is apparently based off a book written by the director and I have not read it. I cannot say I have been inspired to read it either.


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