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Mother's Day | 2016 | PG-13 | - 4.3.5

Three personal stories link a successful HSN jewelry entrepreneur (Julia Roberts), a divorcée (Jennifer Aniston) with two sons, and a wife and mother (Kate Hudson) who is feuding with her own mom. Also with Jason Sudeikis, Aasif Mandvi, Sarah Chalke, Brit Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo and Jack Whitehall. Directed by Gary Marshall. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately as they lower a Murphy bed and the scene ends (sex is implied). A man and a woman kiss briefly in a bar in two scenes. A man and a woman kiss briefly at their wedding. A teen girl kisses a teen boy goodnight quickly on a sidewalk. A husband kisses his wife on the cheek while standing on a sidewalk. A married woman sits in her wife's lap on their couch and they kiss until a male friend interrupts them when he sits on the couch too (the women sit side by side then and watch TV). A man hugs a woman too tightly in a photo-op and she whispers, "It's not a date."
 A woman walks by a porter in a hotel lobby, catches her blouse on a coat hanger, rips opens a seam, and we see her bra. A woman spills soda on another woman's blouse, who leaves the room to change and we briefly see her strapless bra, cleavage and bare abdomen; her parents enter the room and she is embarrassed, screaming in surprise. Several scenes include several women wearing tank tops and yoga pants or short shorts (we see some cleavage). A woman wears a bikini with her back to the camera, revealing the bottom of her buttocks; she puts on a lacey cover-up and approaches the camera (we see a pink bikini top and significant cleavage). A woman wears a dress with spaghetti straps and shows some cleavage. A woman wearing a wraparound towel leaves a bathroom.
 Women build a large pink and red funnel to represent a womb on a parade float and a little boy climbs out through a pink plastic-foam slit, as if being born.
 Three women wearing short dresses try to dance on stripper poles during a lesson; two women slide off to the floor and the third woman falls, but is unharmed. A female Marine in uniform sings a love song on a video tape for her husband at home, turning her back to the camera briefly and shaking her behind.
 A gay man tells a jewelry company owner that he wears all her jewelry and it looks better on him than it does on his partner. A woman calls a younger woman "Steve" because of a short haircut; the second woman and the first woman's daughter announce that they are married, surprising the older woman, who exclaims, "Nooooooo!" A lesbian couple's young son says, "I came from a sperm donor." A comedian performing at a club says that he and his girlfriend are not married and she had a baby that might not be his. A woman tells a female friend that she thinks her ex-husband was totally checking her out and actually gawking at her; he later tells her that he is remarried to a younger woman, leaving her nonplussed. A waitress has a huge belly and says that she is pregnant; in a later scene, she says that it is time to go to the hospital and a man takes her out of the bar, presumably to the hospital. A boy wearing a lion costume at school play stands up and the lion tail is coming out of his groin area and the audience laughs. A teen girl asks her father to buy tampons and he looks embarrassed. A cashier calls over a grocery PA system for a price on tampons for a man at a checkout lane and he is embarrassed. A man tells a woman that he wants to marry her, but he will not wait for her if she keeps turning him down. Women at a fitness club offer to introduce the male manager to a "sexy mom" in their neighborhood, but he declines. A man on a first date tells the woman they can have a baby if she wants; she laughs and slaps him on the chest. A woman in a TV screen kneels on one knee and proposes to her boyfriend, who is watching the taped show in a bar; when she walks up behind him, he accepts and they marry in the bar.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An extended family of adults gets into an RV and a man drives it away: the occupants argue about telling lies and the driver yells that the brakes are gone and the RV is going too fast as men and women slide back and forth inside vehicle, a parade float of a large womb chases the RV and a motorcycle officer along with a police cruiser chases them as the driver says, "We're going to hit hard!" and he applies the brakes and stops (no one was hurt); the driver says, "I was lying" and police officers force all the people in the RV to come out with their hands up and they force a man wearing a woman's robe to lie face down on the pavement (when the officers see the robed man, they begin to touch their guns, but do not draw them).
 Two scenes feature a father and two daughters, teen and preteen, visiting their mother's grave, placing flowers on it and in the second scene the younger daughter cries. A woman tells an older woman that she is adopted, fearing her biological mom just threw her away; the first woman finally meets her biological mom and hears that the older woman and the woman's boyfriend were both only 16 years old when the younger woman was born and they cry in sadness and joy for finding each other.
 A little boy has asthma and uses an inhaler in two scenes: he has a severe asthma attack, is taken to the hospital in one scene, and is OK, riding a wheelchair to the front desk and being released. A man dances off a porch balcony at home, falls to the ground and twists an ankle (we see his foot pointing in an unnatural position); the camera cuts to the hospital, where he walks with crutches and an orthopedic boot and he helps a woman get her hand and bracelet out of a candy bar vending machine when she gets it caught trying to un-stick a candy container. A man walks into a children's backyard party and demands to see his two sons; he chases one son up into a balloon water slide and another child unplugs it, collapsing it on the man briefly as the boy escapes (the man is unharmed). A little boy on a playground has a Band Aid on one knee, but no injury is evident.
 A woman sitting in her car yells, cries and pounds her phone and her fists on the steering wheel for about two minutes. A teen boy staring at a teen girl during soccer practice is struck in the head with the ball, stumbles, regains his footing, and looks uninjured.
 A male soccer coach argues with a referee who throws him out of the game; the coach blows the referees whistle and three parents remark hotly that a man should never blow another man's whistle, as a little girl shouts at the referee, "A pox on your whistle!" A woman argues with her parents about her Indian husband, whom they just met and they tell her to divorce him because he is a foreigner and dark skinned. A husband and his wife argue because she long ago told him that both her parents were in a "dementia home," and he packs a bag and leaves. A teen girl shouts at her father when he asks her about having a boyfriend in two scenes; in the second scene, she gets into a car with a young man and the father yells after the car, which does not stop. A man and a woman try to drive away in their RV, find engine trouble and the man shouts angrily "Hot-damn!" and slams the hood closed. A woman comic in a club tells the audience she looked at a picture of a 75-year-old man and saw he had cataracts, but her friends wanted her to date him. A woman tells an older woman that her ex-husband's new wife is very young and has acne (we see no acne).
 A man sucks on a chicken leg like a lollipop as he drives a big RV. A toddler eats sand in a sandbox.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 4 scatological terms (1 not fully enunciated), 11 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, idiot, stupid, weird, insane, hoodlums, stripper, liar, lying liar), exclamations (heck, holy cow, shoot, oh man, oh boy, what in the Sam H, what the, oh my gosh, oh gosh), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, God, Amen, Sweet Jumpin' Jesus).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Waiters in three bar scenes carry trays holding beer bottles and several beer bottles are seen on tables, two men (one with his head down on a table) have four empty beer bottles and one of the men orders two more beers in a bar, men and women at a club hold short glasses of whiskey and glasses of wines as well as beer bottles (one man brings a beer bottle to his lips and the camera cuts away before we can see him drink), a man and a woman drink beer from cans at home, a woman seen on a laptop screen drinks from a beer bottle during a Skype session, two women hold glasses of what looks like wine at a children's party but do not drink, and a comic holds his year-old daughter as he performs in a bar (no one around the baby drinks alcohol, although beer bottles and glasses of wine are seen on tables). A man holds an unlit cigar in his hand in two scenes and in his mouth in one scene.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, families, love, marriage, divorce, blended families, jealousy, regret, loss, adoptions, mother-daughter interactions, fear, honesty, courage, respect, trust, conflict, forgiveness, acceptance, reconciliation.

MESSAGE - Mother's Day can be a time of reconciliation and affection.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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