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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 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


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 »

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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


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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References Friends (1994) See more »


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Potential crushed by too many positives
28 June 2011 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Motherhood has a great premise and a great lead actress, but its problem stems from the fact that it picks the wrong setting and character for a movie like this. I have been waiting for a film about a mother, of maybe two, living in a bad neighborhood on Welfare with no husband struggling to make end's meet. I don't wish that on anybody, but I feel if someone with great talent, maybe John Singleton, worked on the project it'd be a worth seeing film with a great message and great performances.

I don't see why we should have sympathy for Uma Thurman when her character is clearly just having a bad day, or a bad week. She lives in a sizable apartment in West Village, New York, has another for that matter, a good, consistent blog, and a nice family. She's doing way better than I am, yet she wants sympathy because she's been running around for one day trying to organize a birthday party for her kid.

Yes, Uma Thurman plays Eliza, a mother who is trying to give her daughter the best sixth birthday party ever. Her absent minded husband Avery (Edwards) is a classic book collector who means well, but sort of clueless. So she is left to try and construct this party by herself with numerous things going wrong.

I'm in no way saying motherhood is an easy thing. It's probably grueling some days, but enlightening on others. Eliza is simply having a bad day. When mother's have young kids, they want to give them the world on their birthdays. They want them to be happy. Planning a party for a six year old is harder than planning one for a thirteen year old. When you're six, you get what's best. When you're thirteen, you want this, that, this, that, and don't forget that.

I have minor sympathy for this slump Eliza is in, but she lives in West Village of all places. For those unfamiliar, it's a very nice and expensive Village in New York. Obviously, you're not living in a slum and are doing pretty well for yourself. Again, not to sound like I'm jealous, but if you have enough money to afford West Village, you obviously have enough money to work something out for your daughter's party.

Despite comments online, I went into Motherhood with my head held high. I thought it might surpass some of the extreme hate it's getting on some sites. Then when I saw character development is weak, the realism among Eliza's friends is slim, and Uma Thurman's appearance in almost every shot of this movie when she isn't playing that great of a character, I lost interest fast.

Starring: Uma Thurman and Anthony Edwards. Directed by: Katherine Dieckmann.

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