Saw this in the weekend. And I know it’s been getting terrible reviews but I really enjoyed it! So go ahead, you can think I’m some easily entertained vapid airhead if you want… Screw the rest of you, I’m GLAD this movie got made because it provided some fab entertainment for me! (& my buddy, I think she enjoyed it too…)
Here’s what I digged:
a) It was great to see a movie about a mother. Just a mother handling day-to-day life, not having to like, discover she’s an amnesiac assassin with a List Of People To Kill, or end up having to be The Woman in A Refrigerator. There were some very sweet moments between the main character, Kate, and her children — saying goodbye when dropping her daughter off to school, hugging her little boy cause he’s still young enough to like hugs. The pressures of kids’ birthday parties (“Are these made with organic wholewheat flour?”)
b) I liked that it wasn’t a rom-com. I guess this is what happens AFTER the crazy midnight dash through New York in the rain to breathlessly declare your undying one true love before falling over into a puddle all cute-like.
c) Pierce Brosnan as Jack Abelhammer, the smooth talking banker man. Mr Brosnan, he’s good, you know? I liked that we saw him & Kate getting on as colleagues, as friends, that we could see him falling for her but not the other way round. Ref: this isn’t a rom-com point.
d) Olivia Munn as Momo, the office assistant. Pure gold. Loved her side-eyed snarkiness. I will keep an eye out for this cool lady in future films.
e) It was FUN. I went to this movie for FUN. I got it. I chuckled my ass off, and not so loud that I didn’t hear other people in the theatre laughing too. (Okay maybe I was the loudest. I do that sometimes.) The awfully passive-aggressive mother-in-law, the I-want-to-beat-him-round-the-end rival banker man, both made me squirm with angry laughter. The grand awkwardness when the Stay At Home Moms meet the Working Moms in the hallway and they all have like this smiling mexican standoff. When Kate & her husband pack the car boot for a holiday and leave the pram on the footpath (“Is that ours? I think that’s ours.”) You know what? It was all those small details I enjoyed. Let’s add small details to point e). For example, when Jack asked Kate how many kids she had and she blurted out, “Six” (when she has two) — there’s your main character in a meeting that she’s nervous about, her mind’s racing ahead, she’s preoccupied (with, er, head lice), and at a question out comes the first word on her tongue. Six.
d) It was fun. Did I mention that already?
What I don’t get about the reviews & comments I’ve seen… is people getting their hate on for Sarah Jessica Parker. Honestly? She’s cool, people. Stop breaking her down into little bits and ragging on each one. If you don’t like her as an actress, don’t fucking see the movie.
Here’s a comment I saw on one review. It’s just so PRECIOUS. I had to share. “Women will love this movie, the question is will people go and see it.” Of course. That IS indeed the question, as we know women don’t count. “People” meaning “Men Who Are Important Movie Goers”, I presume?! For fuck’s sake!