Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother's Day.


Garry Marshall


Anya Kochoff (screenplay) (as Anya Kochoff Romano), Matthew Walker (screenplay) (as Matt Walker) | 5 more credits »
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1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Sandy
Timothy Olyphant ... Henry
Shay Mitchell ... Tina
Caleb Brown ... Mikey
Brandon Spink ... Peter (as Brandon Shane Spink)
Sam Marshall Sam Marshall ... Peter's Friend Sam
Siena LaGambina Siena LaGambina ... Paige
Joseph Leo Bwarie Joseph Leo Bwarie ... Principal Bobby Lee
Matthew Walker ... Randy the Clown
Suzanne Haring ... Bella the Balloon Lady
Marty Nadler Marty Nadler ... Petting Zoo Man
Rob Nagle ... Hotel Bellman
Lily Marshall-Fricker Lily Marshall-Fricker ... Party Kid
Ethan Marshall Ethan Marshall ... Party Kid
Emma Marshall Emma Marshall ... Party Kid


Follows the lives of different mothers on Mother's Day. Sandy (Aniston) is happily divorced until she learns that her ex-husband eloped with a much younger woman. Now she must learn to deal with big changes in her life as her two boys now have a stepmom. Sisters Jesse (Hudson) and Gabi (Chalke) get an unexpected surprise from their mother, who is not happy to find out Gabi is a lesbian and Jesse is married to a man of color. Miranda (Roberts) has no kids and is focusing on her career. Kristin (Robertson) is enjoying life as a new mother but feels pressure from her boyfriend to get married. Bradley (Sudeikis) is trying hard to be the best parent for his two girls since their mom passed away last year, but he wants to pretend that Mother's Day doesn't exist. Written by clancy98-101-791445

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Come celebrate the mother of all holidays See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


There is a gag reel during the credit roll at the end of the movie. See more »


In the park scene towards the end of the movie, Russell's mother arrives in a silver sedan. The vehicle clearly runs along the curb as it comes to a stop, but the very next frame shows her exiting it when it's several yards away from the curb. See more »


Kristin: I have abandonment issues!
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Crazy Credits

Hector Elizondo, who has appeared in every single Garry Marshall film, is credited: And As Always, Hector Elizondo See more »


Referenced in Half in the Bag: Mother! (2017) See more »


Be Bop
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Dan Zank
Performed by Dan Dee
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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A very promising story which was ruined by utterly poor execution
9 June 2016 | by jay-techie2007See all my reviews

Mother's Day had a very promising story which was ruined by utterly poor execution and a complete waste of acting talent which was loaded due to the casting of the movie.

Story (7/10): Well, nothing was so much wrong with the story. Four different lives, four different challenges and at some point of time, they cross the paths - and all of it is centered around the hullabaloo of Mother's Day. They all have their own theories and ideas for the big day but they end up doing almost nothing that they originally thought of - and that's where teeny tiny bit of the fun lies in the movie. A well conceptualized story though.

Acting (5/10): Acting is where this entire movie falls apart in spite of big names like Julia Roberts and Jennifer Anniston. Anniston still seems to be in that "Friends" zone with her dialog delivery. The expressions are off and doesn't seem to be in the character really, except for last few minutes in the climax. Julia Roberts holds pretty much a flat face throughout the movie. Jason Sudeiki was probably the only saving grace. The rest of the cast makes a decent attempt but aren't able to lift up the movie.

Direction (4/10): The direction of the movie is awful. Close to half of the movie misses the flow and the scenes look like stitched together as the director struggles to smoothly transition from one story to another. The screenplay is pathetic and isn't able to hold the audience more than few seconds. It is only at the end that things come together when the four characters converge. However, the overall execution of the movie "executes" the story. It just looks like the director suddenly realized that Mother's Day is arriving and he has to release a movie before that.

Overall (5/10): Poorly executed. Should give it a pass.

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Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother's Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,369,184, 1 May 2016

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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