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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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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$93,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$726,936
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Sound Mix:

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

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

Quotes

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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Connections

References The Bourne Identity (2002) 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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Give this movie a chance
7 July 2010 | by aprilynnekSee all my reviews

I can relate to this film because being a mom is the hardest job I've ever tackled. This is the story of a difficult day in the life of a stay at home mom who is desperately trying to regain some piece of her identity apart from motherhood. To answer the question raised in one of the other reviews, "Is this motherhood" - Yes, it can be like that, relentless, thankless and exhausting. Personally, I found it refreshing that it was much more realistic than those spotless homes of movie families where nothing is out of place and the husband shares equally in everything family related so that everyone seems to live a perfect existence. I'm sure there are families out there where everyone cooperates and things run smoothly. There are just as many out there that have their serious flaws and unbalanced work loads and people who live right on the border of losing it when the things that go wrong seem to mount up and conspire against you to prevent you from getting even the simple things accomplished.

Maybe the reason some people have a problem with this movie is that it shows more reality than fantasy. Whatever the case, I say, judge for yourself, and see the flaws in humanity as they are. We don't always make the right decisions, sometimes we let each other down, and sometimes we can forgive each other and make things right again.


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