Monday, April 4, 2011

Mother & Child

Directed (and written) by Rodrigo Garcia, Everest Entertainment, 2009. Starring Annette Bening, Jimmy Smits, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Genre: Drama

Question: Do you know anyone who has been adopted or ever been part of an adoption? Well, here is a story that looks at that subject matter from a few different perspectives.

"Mother and Child" shows you a couple generations of involvement with adoption, which was refreshing to see. It's not often that adoption is discussed in film and "Mother and Child" really delves into the aftermath of it, not just the leading up to. It exposes an adoption from a current young mother deciding who can adopt her child, to a mother, in her 50's, who gave up her child when she was 14, and then to the daughter that never knew her biological mother. Plus, there is a woman who desperately wants to be a mother and choses adoption to fulfill that need.

Although I said it was refreshing to see this subject and I really like some of the actors in the movie - who did a great job, the movie on the whole was a little too slow for my taste. Also, there appeared to be some parts that were a little overindulgent or unnecessary.  However, I do think the filmmakers really tried to show the good, the bad and the ugly of  how the relationships can be altered because of it. That's not easy and I must give the writer big props for that.

If this subject is something that interests you I think you might like "Mother and Child" , Mother and Child (2010)once you finish the entire story.

My favorite thing: Seeing Jimmy Smits in a movie - it's been awhile.

My least favorite thing: Too slow.

Possibility of a sequel? Nope.

Did the previews show too much? I didn't see any. Just saw the list of actors and put it on my queue.

Rating: R
Length: 125 minutes

Review: 4 out of 10

COMING SOON: Shutter Island

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