“Mother’s Day” – wasn’t that a horror film that came out recently starring Rebecca De Mornay and Jaime King? You know, it was a remake of that ’80s video nasty which featured graphic scenes of rape, violence and murder. What’s that…this is a different “Mother’s Day”…a drama that tells a series of loosely interconnected stories over the course of a day when greeting cards are exchanged. Oh, great.
So it seems that another one of these holiday films that nobody really wants, and that no actor wants to work on for more than a couple of days, is heading our way, and it’s starting to line up its cast. One of the gimmicks here seems to be the casting of real mothers and daughters to play some of the film’s 12 sets of fictional mothers and daughters. Susan Sarandon and her offspring Eva Amurri Martino (this will be the third film they’ve appeared in together) have both been cast, as have Andie MacDowell and her lesser-known daughter Rainey Qualley. Also confirmed to be helping bleed more money out of a made up holiday are Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone, with more famous names surely set to follow.
So, if they’re going down the real mother and daughter route, we wonder who else is on the wish list. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson? Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow? Demi Moore and Rumer Willis? Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer? (Thanks Google!) We imagine we’ll probably see some much older mothers, and some mothers of very young children too…but frankly we’re struggling to muster up the energy to care. Paul Duddridge (the writer and director) wouldn’t have to work too hard to produce something better than “Valentine’s Day” or “New Year’s Eve,” but it really would have to be a whole heap better to be anywhere approaching entertaining. Sarandon aside, this early casting hardly fills us with confidence either (Andie MacDowell? Really?). Has this format ever really worked, though? Will it ever? We hope for Duddridge’s sake it will. Now excuse us while we go have painful “Love Actually” flashbacks.