Mommy Blog Expert: Mothers Day Movie Bonds Moms & Daughters via The Moms Event w/ Director Garry Marshall

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mothers Day Movie Bonds Moms & Daughters via The Moms Event w/ Director Garry Marshall


Mothers and daughters (age 13 and up) are going to want to see and bond over the new Mother's Day movie which is now in theaters nationwide starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis. 

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Directed by Garry Marshall in the same engaging style he presented the hit films Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, not only does this picture reveal all kinds of mother-daughter relationships. It also touches upon the full gamut of family structures -- children in and out of wedlock, adoption, and kids dealing with the loss of a parent or divorce -- as well  as underscoring the ideas there isn't one kind of mother and Mother's Day isn't just once a year, it's every day.

Historic Grauman's Chinese Theater,
Thanks to The Moms and official sponsor FujiFilm instax, my 18 year-old daughter and I got to screen the movie at TCL Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood before the world premiere which I was also lucky to attend later that night.

My daughter & I pose for a selfie,

The Moms event also included getting to check out the Fujifilm instax instant camera line and socializing with good friends like Jennifer Miyagishima of Real Mom of SFV who brought her mother along.

Stay tuned for MBE's forthcoming in-depth review of the FujiFilm instax Mini 70 Instant Camera and film I received as a thank you for attending.

Blogger Jennifer Miyagishima & I, Photo by Real Mom of SFV
Mugging for the camera with friends, Image from The Moms
The comedy drama Mother's Day unfolds against the montage backdrop of a typical chaotic school day morning which moms will especially relate to, with Penny Marshall (Garry's sister) delivering a spot-on voice over narration of the harried life of a mother with young kids. Soon we meet happily divorced mom Sandy (Aniston) as well as Bradley (Sudeikis) who has been trying to parent his two motherless girls since losing their mom the year before. 

Check out the official trailer...

As the movie progresses, the audience also encounters sisters Jesse (Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke), with everything going haywire when their mother shows up unannounced for a Mother's Day visit to find out one of them is married to a man of color, while the other is a lesbian with a partner. Not to be missed is the seemingly dark and shallow character Miranda (Roberts) who is focusing on her career rather than taking the motherhood route. 

I don't want to ruin the ending for you. But, rest assured, surprise after surprise, you will be enchanted with many motherly moments throughout the entire film.

Images from The Moms
The screening especially for our The Moms group was followed by an up close and personal Q&A with the director along with actress Britt Robertson who plays Kristin in the film.

Marshall, who directed Julia Roberts in her breakout movie Pretty Woman way back in 1990, summed up his reasons for making Mother's Day well"I like to make movies for women, they are much more complex," he told our group. 

Robertson meanwhile confided during our chat led by Melissa Gerstein of The Moms that she said yes to working on this film without even knowing the storyline simply because she knew Marshall would be directing.

The Moms bloggers at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Image from The Moms

Visit The Moms for more images from this fun and engaging event.

In Theaters Now
See it with your mom, daughter or both

Image provided by Open Road Films

FTC Disclosure: I was invited by The Moms to this special Mother's Day movie screening event sponsored by FujiFilm. In addition, I received a FujiFilm instax camera which will be featured in an upcoming product review on this blog. See complete FTC disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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